Rangers almost lost at sea despite only getting richer from Champions League - Chris Jack
Rangers are almost “lost at sea” when it comes to playing in the Champions League after returning to the big time this season, according to Chris Jack.
The Bears raked in the windfall and despite only getting richer along with Celtic, both have nothing financially compared to some of the big guns they are coming up against.
It is suggested that the Champions League is consistently being tweaked in favour of the few, meaning clubs like Rangers see the balance disappear.
Writing in his latest column for the Glasgow Evening Times, Jack insisted that despite the money pouring in, there is still a long way to go for both of the Old Firm.
“As the rich of Glasgow only get richer, the gap between Rangers and Celtic and the rest of the league becomes a gulf,” he wrote. “The problem is self-perpetuating in many ways.
“The issue can be extrapolated out European wide and the Glasgow giants know all too well how difficult it is to compete with clubs who have resources, both on and off the park, many times greater than they can even aspire to.
“As the Champions League is continually tweaked in favour of the few rather than the many, the balance seemingly shifts further away from the Old Firm. Rangers will always be a large fish in a small pond domestically, but they are almost lost at sea when thrown in at the deep end.”
When you look at the Champions League, the same teams always get to the final stages with the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid coming to mind.
Those two teams spend as much money as they like without really ever getting punished for it, whereas Rangers are only two games back into the Champions League and are already on the UEFA watchlist for FFP.
It makes little sense, but even getting to the group stages is a huge achievement, with that windfall critical to the club if they want to keep progressing – despite using none of it on a transfer as of yet.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already admitted he is fighting a losing battle on the pitch though, with Ajax, Napoli and Liverpool just having more power on and off the pitch.
Hopefully, changes can be made to benefit clubs like Rangers looking to make this a consistent feat, something that will only benefit them financially, but also Scotland as a whole.