By Dan Plumley

15th Aug, 2023 | 12:10pm

Finance Expert shares Champions League windfall if Rangers lose v Servette

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 would only earn £4.3million if they were to be knocked out of the Champions League by Servette, according to Dan Plumley.

The finance expert crunched the numbers ahead of the second leg, with eventual qualification to the group stages worth up to £17.2million.

The Bears are in Switzerland with a 2-1 aggregate lead over Servette on Tuesday 15 August, with PSV Eindhoven or Sturm Graz in wait should they get over the line.

“It does vary year to year,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“We’ve not seen official communication from UEFA for 23/24, but looking at last years distribution, what they did in the play-offs, each club eliminated in those play-offs received €5m, but if you get into the group stages for a Scottish club, given the coefficient and everything else, we were looking at an estimate of €20m.

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You can stretch that with win bonuses and matchday revenues from big attendances, even if you look at that in board terms, the difference between the play-offs and the group stages was going to be around €15m.

You’d expect it to be in a similar ballpark, and ultimately, you’re far more lucrative getting through to the groups rather than being knocked out in the qualifiers.”

In other Rangers news, Plumley has insisted that the club can argue they have missed out after a £900m+ deal was signed off elsewhere