A difficult night at Ibrox cost more than just pride. Rangers’ club-changing windfall of around £60M has now disappointingly evaporated, and there are questions now about where this huge financial loss leaves the club.
We weren’t 100% relying on the filthy lucre of the UCL, but it was seismic to us in what it could bring the club – and it could well have been the difference for players like Connor Goldson and Glen Kamara, who have yet to sign new deals.
We just don’t know now where we stand.
We’ve lost a tonne of prize money which was the difference between having to sell an asset or two, and retaining them plus having the funds to bring in more.
Of course, even securing a win tonight and getting past Malmo wasn’t the prize itself, we had a playoff to negotiate too.
But the loss to the Swedes, who eventually delivered on their promise of silencing Ibrox, puts paid to any attempt at trying to bring that massive chunk of change into our coffers.
Where do we go from here?
The UEL is now the target, but with the way form has been this season so far, we’re taking nothing for granted.
There was civil war online after the Utd loss, with a tonne of fans berating others for being worried, berating us for being scathing, but tonight sees immense frustration for everyone collectively given what we’d hoped to achieve.
That loss didn’t just lose us £60M, it could well have made up the minds of the likes of Kamara. Rangers cannot reward new signings or existing assets with CL football, the UEL is the best we can now do.
And sorry, but neither SPL nor UEL is really that much of a carrot, not like the UCL is.
This will lead to a lot of soul searching we’re sure, but while it absolutely doesn’t smear the achievements of last season, it does leave us unable to build on them in the way we wanted to.
Much to ponder.