By Dan Plumley

8th Sep, 2023 | 12:10pm

Champions League blow softens as Rangers get perfect chance for windfall boost - Finance Guru

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 the blow of missing out on Champions League football has already been softened for Rangers by their position in the Europa League.

After being placed in pot one for the Europa League draw, the Bears will come up against Real Betis, Sparta Prague and Aris Limassol.

The finance expert admitted that the initial £4.3million windfall can easily be boosted by win bonuses and getting far into the competition – something which should be easier after being in pot one.

“So for Europa League participation, based on last season it is around €5million for group stage participation,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“You’ve then got win bonuses for the group stage, every point you get and getting to the knockout stage.

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“The thing within that, with being in pot one, that does give Rangers an advantage to get into those knockout stages, because the draw is slightly easier.

There are no guarantees but being in that pot one, it softens the blow as you have the net reduction of Champions League money versus Europa League money, but the potential to get some bonuses and qualify for the knockout stage to boost that revenue.”

Rangers will get their Europa League campaign underway against Real Betis at Ibrox on September 21.

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