Aberdeen & Hibs owe Rangers a great debt of gratitude

Aberdeen & Hibs owe Rangers a great debt of gratitude
DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Rangers players pose for a team photo prior to the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round Play-Offs Leg One match between Borussia Dortmund and Rangers FC at Football Arena Dortmund on February 17, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Aberdeen and Hibs in particular may owe Rangers a huge debt of gratitude after both sold players for a combined sum of around £16M, which before this summer would have been an unthinkable amount of money coming into Scottish football’s non Old Firm contingent.

Why Rangers?

Rangers’ run to the Europa League final opened big doors. Ok, we didn’t win, and that will gut us forever more, let’s be honest, and the doors it would have opened for us would have been staggering.

But while smaller doors did still open for the Famous thanks to that run, Rangers simply getting to the final was the highest profile thing to happen to Scottish football for 14 years, in this new era of inflated player prices and exposure.

And as a result, even lesser SPL sides are selling players for sums they could never have expected, with much more ease.

That Ramsay was the SPL’s biggest sale outwith of the Old Firm owed a lot to Rangers’ run to Sevilla, and the fact Scottish football got global exposure on a scale never seen before in modern times.

And as a result, it made our league look better – with clubs like the Dons (and Hibs) able to sell their best players for more than they once would have.

This flurry of activity of selling and buying owes a great deal to Rangers’ achievements, with clubs throughout Europe looking at the SPL in ways they didn’t before, and learning there are good players in this league.

But of course, rather than acknowledging any of this, said club fans will likely abuse this article, and attack Rangers instead.

Prices and exposure may have gone up thanks to Rangers, but attitudes will never change.

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  1. Gratitude from those two???
    As the song goes no one likes us we don’t care!
    I’ll just leave it there!🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

  2. Agree 100 % outside rangers fans ,I very much doubt any of the other clubs fans supported us in EUL final ,shocking but true .

  3. I am a Motherwell supporter and my parents support east fife and we were cheering on rangers so some people from other clubs were supporting rangers as it was good for Scotland

  4. Gratitude, gimme a fuckin break, rangers and Celtic have fucked Scottish football for as long as I can remember, bulk of tv money and stealing other teams best players for peanuts. F-off. I’ll crack the jokes. Ggtth

    • Usual petty bitterness from the wee teams, who themselves f*ck over the even smaller teams. But no, all about the Big Bad Ranjurs isn’t it 😉

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