By Dan Plumley

23rd Aug, 2023 | 7:10pm

Finance Expert shares Rangers and Celtic battle with Champions League windfall on line again

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...

Dan Plumley has insisted that consistent Champions League qualification is still vital for Rangers with everything to play for against PSV Eindhoven.

Rangers travel to Holland with the play-off standing at 2-2, with £17million alone on the line for the Bears and reaching the group stages once again.

The finance expert admitted that there are constraints in Scotland without reaching the Champions League, and it goes back to the Old Firm battle again, with Rangers clearly desperate.

“The importance of Champions League qualification consistently for Rangers is what is going to push them on,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“It will also cope with the successes of recent seasons, and also then the calibre players you want to attract and how you take the club to the next level because we know the financial constraints around what you can earn in the Scottish Premier League is quite low.

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The big thing for Rangers in the wider market and from a revenue perspective is Champions League qualification and that is not easy as they are in a tricky draw unless you win the league.

We are back to that battle between Rangers and Celtic as we always are and it’s really tough because one of the clubs may miss out, and the problem when factoring that into your business model is that you can cope with that for maybe a year or two, but not in the long run.

We’re talking €20million [£17m] for hitting the group stage so you can see the financial reward on the table and you can see why Rangers are desperate to get there.

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