By Pranav Shahaney

16th Dec, 2021 | 2:40pm

Dr Dan: Rangers may sell players if Champions League qualification is unassailable

We’re delighted to welcome football finance expert Dr Daniel Plumley as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Rangers...

Rangers may have to cash in on their assets in a year or two if they fail to secure qualification to the Champions League group stages.

That’s according to Dr Dan Plumley, who claims that it is the ideal way for the club to go to that next level.

Having failed to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition this season, they dropped down to the Europa League and that does come with a decent revenue.

In November’s AGM, Stewart Roberston claimed that the club were not under any financial pressure to sell players.

He said, via Glasgow World, “We don’t need to sell a player despite what you read in the press. We are close to financial stability.”

Discussing these comments, Dr Dan, the Sheffield Hallam University expert, told Ibrox News, “You’re looking at in the next season or the next couple of seasons provided there are no cash injections then it’s a possibility.

“The club are reliant on shareholders, but the question is, where does the next step come from?

“The matchday revenue is fixed to a degree unless you build a bigger stadium, the broadcasting deals are linked to the Scottish Premier League and that’s fixed for a certain period of time as well.

“Commerical deals you can look to grow, but if you’re in the biggest competitions then those come hand in hand.”

Rangers are currently in pole position to qualify, given their lead in the Scottish Premiership.

Another way to secure a berth in the Champions League would be by winning the Europa League which resumes in February when they take on Borussia Dortmund.

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