By Kealan Hughes

20th Apr, 2021 | 7:34am

Rangers set for big windfall as SPFL and Sky Sports announce new deal

Rangers are set to receive a cash injection as the SPFL and Sky Sports have finalised a new broadcasting deal.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster announced the news on Monday, describing it as a major boost for Scottish clubs.

And as one of the biggest clubs in the league Rangers will land a big windfall, though monetary figures are yet to be announced.

In a statement Doncaster said, via The Scottish Sun, “[Monday’s] announcement is a major boost for everyone involved in the game.

“We are all desperate to get supporters back into grounds on a safe and sustainable basis and are making good progress in our discussions with the Scottish Government.

“The current broadcast deals have been an absolute lifeline for clubs and supporters alike as they battle the enormous financial pressures caused by Covid-19.

“The television viewer numbers for Scottish football this season have been magnificent and this was one of the key reasons behind our agreement with Sky Sports to extend our current arrangements.

“In addition, the new deal enables Premiership clubs to broadcast, on a pay per view basis, every home SPFL game not selected by Sky Sports.”

Big appeal

We feel Doncaster’s point about viewer numbers is particularly important, as Rangers are surely the most-watched club in the division.

Ordinarily, it could be argued Celtic boast that position, but given our success and their downfall this season we believe Gers have been the most-watched team.

And that means we may receive the biggest cut of money from the new deal, which bodes well for our finances.

The club is being run well currently and though managing director Stewart Robertson has hinted at player sales, hopefully the new TV deal and Champions League money means we can limit to departures to just one player exit.

If Rangers can become sustainable it will allow us to strengthen in the transfer market year after year.

That alone will encourage Steven Gerrard and our best players to stay, so this announcement is very welcome at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller sent a three-word message to Steven Davis after his goals against v Celtic.