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Alex McLeish has claimed that the Rangers board will be delighted with the success of the Bears in the Scottish Premiership and the Europa League.

The Gers are on the verge of title number 55 and are in the final 16 of the Europa League against Czech side Slavia Praha in two weeks time.

McLeish has claimed that the success in Europe will help cover the lack of fans and matchday revenue brought in at Ibrox.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I think they will be very thankful for the last two European campaigns, and certainly this one has reaped even more dividends.

“That is a big boost in this horrible time of no fans and Rangers, they have a worldwide fanbase. So, to be involved in Europe at this stage is magnificent and it’s not something we’ve seen often from Scottish teams.

“You’ve got to take your hat off to the backroom team for what they’ve done thus far, the league is in the bag and the next thing to concentrate on is this European run.

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McLeish is spot on.

Clubs, not only Rangers will have been hit dramatically by this pandemic, with Ibrox usually packed to the rafters no matter who the opposition.

The Bears could earn just below £1million for getting through the round of 16, added to the prize money on top of that from previous rounds.

It is valuable money, and even shows just how much of a disaster it could have been for Celtic to choose this season to have their crumble; not that we’re complaining.

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