By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

14th Apr, 2023 | 8:40am

Rangers and Celtic need every penny they can get as Premier League development emerges - pundit

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Tam McManus can see Rangers being forced to find new front-of-shirt sponsors in the future after the Premier League opted to ban them this week.

The Premier League’s ban won’t come into force until the 2026/27 season but it was decided on Thursday (13 April) that clubs will still be allowed to have gambling sponsors on their kit’s sleeves and advertising around the stadium.

On 13 April, Daily Record journalist Keith Jackson reported that the SPFL do not have any plans to follow the Premier League’s example with Rangers and Celtic both possessing multi-million agreements with gambling firms.

In May 2021, the Gers announced a “multi-year partnership” with 32Red but it doesn’t look as though that’ll need to be ripped up any time soon.

McManus is baffled by the Premier League’s extremely soft ban on gambling advertisements and while it’s not happening in Scotland yet, the pundit believes it’s something that’s possible in the future.

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“Down in England, there’s so much money that you can get other big companies to come and sponsor them,” McManus told Ibrox News.

But I don’t think that particularly works up here with Rangers, Celtic and other clubs. They need every penny they can get.

“You don’t want to see gambling advertised because there are a lot of people with gambling problems. But there are so many things you could say shouldn’t be advertised on TV.

Do I see it happening in Scotland? Not at the minute – but possibly in the future.”

In response to the Premier League banning gambling sponsors on the front of football kits but not on sleeves or anywhere else, McManus simply said: “I don’t get it.”

In other Rangers news, eight new signings are on the cards at Ibrox this summer with Wilson now gone.