A Rangers victory in Holland tonight would deeply embarrass the SPL in a completely unexpected way: prize money.
Rangers travel to Amsterdam to open our Champions League campaign at long long last, with 12 years in the making, but a shock stat highlights just how pathetic our domestic league is.
If Rangers win in Amsterdam, they will pocket €2.8M, that’s £2.4M. If, by comparison we go onto win the SPL, the first-placed team will pocket £3.35M, just £950,000 more.
So, in one 90 minutes, as a ‘bread and butter’ Champions League group match, Rangers stand to more or less secure as much as they would for a 40+ match SPL season in which we prevail as champions.
If nothing else highlights the incompetence with which the SPL is run, this is certainly it.
Our game has been undersold by buffoons for decades, but it’s been especially badly equipped under the hopeless guidance of CE Neil Doncaster, not to mention Murdoch MacLennan.
And these two have conspired to make an entire SPL season only fractionally more lucrative than a single victory in the Champions League.