With Steven Naismith’s winning goal last night at Tynecastle, Rangers have 99% confirmed, but for an incredible goal swing at Easter Road on Sunday, both European competition and a guaranteed £2.2M for finishing at least third (£1.96M) and qualifying for the first round of the Europa League (£190K).
It could improve should Rangers get the win on Sunday and Celtic beat Aberdeen, but we all know how much Celtic love us and will likely roll over for the Dons.
But the guarantee now is base level of £2.2M. It isn’t a fortune but it’s a start, and depending on European progress (pun not intended) and SPL results this weekend, could grow to closer to £5M.
Add inevitable player sales (Carlos Pena, nice knowing you) and the impending share issue and Stevie Ger will certainly have a few quid to spend.
But it’s that base guarantee of making Europe now in concert with a possible second place in the SPL that lifts the finances a touch. That’s pretty much certain now, and Rangers have 99.99% certainly avoided the nightmare scenario of a fourth placed finish.
And that is a relief. At least.