Rangers’ latest heroics in Europe have boosted the country yet again in the co-efficient, after our 0-4 thrashing of Dutch cracks Willem officially allowed Scotland to overtake Ukraine in the rankings, as we secured 12th place.
Scotland had already secured two Champions League qualifier spots from next season, but this ascent to 12th means Scotland’s potential seedings and co-efficient could get a boost too, and more importantly, Rangers’ coffers.
In short, thanks to Steven Gerrard, Rangers next season could be looking at a whopping £30M basic bonus for secure passage to the Champions League group stage, because we can assume Celtic will get papped out during the qualifiers as always, leaving Rangers Scotland’s sole representative in the competition.
And that means Rangers solely secure the TV rights and prize money for getting group stage, which is the benefit Celtic have been enjoying for the seasons they’ve managed to make the group stage, be it automatic or qualifying.
The impact Steven Gerrard has made Europe-wise is pretty extraordinary, and the Champions League attainment Scotland now has is testament to it.
The two UCL slots had been confirmed a matter of months ago, but now with this level of progress Rangers are looking at a very bright European future.
How Gerrard’s Rangers will handle the step up to the Champions League next season (be it as Champions or otherwise) will be very interesting to see, but either way exciting times lie ahead.