According to Stewart Robertson, Rangers paid just half of the alleged £40 million they claimed they were due for advancing to the Champions League group stages. The Rangers managing director acknowledges it’s very challenging for a team like Rangers to earn that type of money by making the group stage and claims that it’s even less this time around than it was the last time they did so due to a change in the payment distribution methodology by UEFA for their competition.
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Robertson said Rangers would need to go to the quarterfinals to earn that money. He also disclosed the club budget for the Europa League group stage, saying that just because they qualified for the Champions League doesn’t mean the money is theirs.
Since qualifying for the group stage of the UEFA Cup without spending money on transfers, fans have criticised Rangers. Former Rangers player Giovanni van Bronckhorst has even suggested that the club cannot compete at that level. Robertson, though, disagrees with that assessment and said the Napoli game demonstrated Rangers’ ability to compete against clubs in Europe’s premier competition.
And he admits that the team could have done more to inform supporters that there wasn’t a ton of money available to spend just because they had advanced to the group stage.
In an interview with the Rangers Review, he stated, “Some say the money has dropped out of the sky, but it’s not like that since we know we will be in the Europa League group stages. It’s in the budget. The £40 million figure is misleading. Unless we perform well, get through to the next round, and even get through to the last eight,” he said, “we are probably not getting anywhere close to £40m.”
Finally, the distribution model was modified for 2021–2024. You receive a basic fee of slightly over £13 million, plus a small additional sum from the market pool, perhaps £1 million or £2 million—based on the TV market compared to other markets.