By Dan Plumley

14th Nov, 2023 | 10:10am

Rangers take financial gamble with new long-term plan now in place - Expert

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 there was a short-term financial gamble when Rangers sacked Michael Beale and replaced him with Philippe Clement at Ibrox.

Rangers decided to move early to remove Beale from his post not even a year into his tenure at Ibrox, with a payout needed to make that decision.

The finance expert admitted that success in the Europa League and cup competitions will be in the short-term thinking with the league title potentially not coming until next season.

“I think that is fair,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“You expect that with a new manager, that bounce, but I think the bigger picture of it with the finances of it and as you say, the decision taken at this stage of the season, you don’t want to fall even further behind.

It may be that the title becomes out of reach this season, even in these early stages as we know the way that Scottish football works from season to season, but the other things you have in the mix in the Europa League and winning a couple of trophies if you can, it sets the groundwork for further growth.

You can link this to the appointments they are trying to make higher up in those senior leadership roles, and you can see a plan starting to form that goes behind this season.

There is the short-term financial gamble of it, and the Europa League will firmly be in their mind with that I would imagine, but there is a long-term play as well, and at the minute, it is a good start.”

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