Rangers chief Stewart Robertson hints at summer signings after Europa League windfall
Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has extolled the virtues of the run to the Europa League final in terms of the club’s profile and finances.
Despite missing out on qualifying for the Champions League group stage at the start of the season, Gers have benefited from prize, ticket and TV money all the way to last game of the second-tier competition.
And Robertson says that the finances, coupled with how attractive the European success has made a move to Ibrox look, has opened up possibilities to make signings in the summer.
Robertson said, via the Daily Record: “The run we’ve had now is probably slightly more than we would have had from qualifying for the Champions League. It’s a terrific boost, it allows us to do so many things.
“Beyond the money, it’s the profile. You look at the profile the players get and the ability to attract new players when you come to the summer. I think when you’re in a European Final it makes the club much more attractive.
“Financially it’s been a fantastic addition to what we budgeted for so that allows us to look at strengthening the team in the summer, it allows us to continue with the infrastructure projects we still have to do around the stadium and training ground.
“So it’s been a fantastic boost to the club’s finances.”
Few would have imagined that when the failure against Malmo meant the chance to play in Europe’s premier arena had gone begging that the team would end up here.
The Scottish Daily Express reports that the Light Blues will have banked over £30million already, and that figure would be set to rocket towards £90million if they defeat Eintracht Frankfurt in the final.
There is every chance that could do that, as they have gone toe to toe with every side they have met in the knockout stages.
There hasn’t been a round where Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side has scraped through by the skin of their teeth, as even the tight victories after extra time have come after scoring multiple goals.
Winning this competition and going straight into next season’s Champions League, not to mention the Super Cup, would put the club in a very strong position to make additions to the squad.
But it is a double-edged sword to be successful in Europe if you aren’t at the very top of the football food chain, as the tearing apart of recent star-studded Ajax and Monaco sides attests to.
Teams will no doubt be sniffing around the key performers and it could be a task to keep the core of this team together, but at the very least if that does happen it will be much easier to replace any exiting stars.