By Pranav Shahaney

31st Jul, 2021 | 10:15am

Barry Ferguson makes major £60m Rangers-Celtic claim ahead of new season

Barry Ferguson believes Rangers getting the Champions League revenue and Celtic missing out on it could benefit Gers massively this season.

Rangers winning the league last season meant that they’re only one tie away from qualifying for the Champions League group stages.

Celtic had to go through two rounds to achieve that, but failed at the first hurdle itself, bowing out to Danish side FC Midtjylland.

Ferguson sees the Bhoys missing out on the Champions League as a huge advantage for Rangers ahead of the new campaign.

In his Daily Record column, he wrote, “Celtic’s defeat in the qualifiers means they won’t be getting their hands on that £30million (morning from Champions League GS qualification) this season, while Rangers still have the opportunity to do that.

“It won’t be easy but there’s a very real chance of a £60million swing in revenues in favour of Rangers over the next two seasons and that can be an absolute game-changer.

“There’s definitely scope to attract some top-class players who might be playing at mid-table EPL outfits, having made their money and now fancy a crack at winning trophies and playing in the Champions League.

“Rangers would still have to pay them more than the wages they’re paying at the moment but with a minimum of £60million in the bank before you even think about season ticket revenue, they’d be able to do that. And good players would come, I’m convinced of it.”

Must capitalise

We’re on the cusp of being handed this huge windfall and we must make the most of it and back Steven Gerrard as he’s proven that he’s the one who can take us to the next level.

Huge gap.

Having £60million in additional revenues is a huge deal especially given that the gulf between ourselves and Celtic was not too big 18 months ago,

This is the perfect opportunity for us to steal a march on our local rivals and build a team that treats the league as a formality due to our superiority over the other teams.

We’ve invested in the right players thus far but there’s still work left to be done, especially if the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Glen Kamara are on their way out.

While a lot of this money can be used on recruitment and player wages, it’s important some of it should be handed down to the academy as well and strengthen it to a level where our graduates are on the radar of some of Europe’s big clubs.

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