Rangers’ future plans depend very much on 56 being secured, and Champions League financial injection into the club, as Stewart Robertson let slip in a recent interview despite claiming the club isn’t budgeting for Europe’s premier club competition.
Asked if Rangers needed to sell players, the MD’s answer was initially denial:
This seems to be sensible comment and reassuring that the club doesn’t ‘require’ the £30M~£50M injection CL participation would bring in order to grow, but he let slip the reality in the next answer:
Now, winning the league is what we did last season, and it earned, purely on its own merits, £2.7M prize money.
There is no way that sum of cash is now suddenly able to achieve a vast amount more – no, Robertson is letting slip that winning the league, ergo the big Champions League pot of gold that comes with it, is vital for club growth.
We can do so much right now, with some limits, and there certainly have been big improvements in the past 5 years, but to take the step Robertson is talking about isn’t about winning the league on its own, it’s about the near-£50M windfall winning the league secures by way of the Champions League.
That money is vital for players, club and beyond – and no one is under illusions the importance of securing 56.