Kieran Maguire salutes SPFL finance chiefs after Rangers-Celtic TV development
The SPFL deserves credit for their television money distribution model which is not disproportionately weighted towards Rangers and Celtic.
So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after both Glasgow teams saw matches rescheduled this week.
Seven Rangers and five Celtic matches have been given new dates due to the pair’s Europa League commitments and Sky Sports‘ broadcast picks.
Rangers’ meetings with Hibs, St Mirren, Ross County, Livingston, Hearts and two against Motherwell have been pushed back.
Celtic meanwhile have seen two matches against Aberdeen as well as those versus Livingston, Dundee and Motherwell shifted back.
Many leagues, including the Premier League, pay ‘facility fees’ which financially reward teams based on how often they appear on TV.
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But Maguire explains that the state of play is different in the Scottish Premiership due to their more equitable system.
“It’s very different in Scotland to the Premier League,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Rangers and Celtic, the vast majority of their matches are going to be picked up by the broadcasters.
“The way that the money tends to be allocated under the current system in the Scottish Premiership is more about where you end up in the table.
“The way that they allocate prize monies is actually very democratic, and that’s why they don’t need parachute payments.
“The difference between finishing bottom of the Premiership and top of the Championship is £500,000 as opposed to £93million.”