Stunning UEFA development changes landscape for Rangers

Stunning UEFA development changes landscape for Rangers
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring his second goal during the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Sparta Praha at Ibrox Stadium on November 25, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As Derek touched on earlier, Rangers’ incredible feats in the Europa League the past four seasons have certainly not gone unnoticed, but most usefully for Scottish football our remarkable exploits in the world’s second-top club competition have led to the country hitting an all-time high of 9th in the co-efficient.

In other words, only 8 leagues are actually higher in status than the SPL, despite how absolutely abject our league is.

Austria, Holland, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, Spain then of course England are all ahead of us, but it really brings into stark reality the prices of our players as Derek explained.

Of course, he did it much better than yours truly could, but the angle I’d suggest on this is even more stark.

If Russia, Austria and Belgium, all ranked either below or only just above us, in league co-efficient, can sell players into the big 5 leagues for excesses of £20M, £30M, and even more, there’s absolutely no reason we can’t do the same in the SPL.

We’ve proven via our coefficient that we stand in the top 9 of European leagues, despite what we natives might think of the standard of our game.

Look at Belgium – sold David to Lille for £25M, Doku to Rennes for the same.

Russia – Hulk went to China for £50M, Malcom to Zenit for £36M, and Paredes to PSG for the same.

And Austria, Daka went to Leicester for £27M, while Mwepu hit Brighton for over £20M.

And our folk honestly try to hawk Morelos off for £12M?

It’s just dumbfounding that even fans of our own club think SPL players cannot go for £35M, as we suggested an in-form Joe Aribo was worth.

If Belgium, ranked way below the SPL, can do it, we can.

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  1. The SPFL co-efficient is all the more remarkable when you consider it has built in the main by Rangers. For every point we gain a half point is usually frittered away when the dross of the SPFL get beaten by the dregs of Europe often found in the lower qualifying rounds of European tournaments. It makes me laugh when I see matches at the end of the season billed as the race for Europe. The “race” usually lasts longer than the participation.

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