Pundit Exclusive: Rangers can compete with PL big guns after stunning £20.3m Ibrox reveal
Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed the money Rangers can earn from an extended run in the Europa League could help them keep hold of their better players.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England forward claimed the Ibrox club could financially compete with Premier League clubs if they win the Scottish Premiership and go far in Europe.
Football Insider analysis revealed that the Gers had already earned £4.6million from the Europa League and more money follow if they progress from the group stages.
This comes after the Scottish giants revealed in their recently-published accounts they earned a mammoth £20.7million from their Europa League run last season.
They are currently unbeaten in the competition and are top of Group D, five points clear of third place with two games still left to play.
Steven Gerrard’s side host Standard Liege on Thursday night knowing a win will guarantee their progression to the knockout stages.
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Asked by Football Insider what he made of Rangers’ impressive performances in Europe, Agbonlahor said: “I feel that helps for Rangers because if they do sell their players they can get a lot of money for new transfers or if they’re going to win the league this season and they get a good run in Europe the players will want to stay.
“Maybe that money generated from winning the league and going far in Europe might help the increase their wage bill and players like Ryan Kent can stay.
“Maybe that’s something that happens because it’s not always about leaving, maybe Rangers can afford to pay him what a Premier League team could pay him.”
Kent was the subject of a £10million bid from Leeds United in the summer and the club are currently in negotiations with the attacker to secure his long-term future.
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