By Kieran Maguire

28th Mar, 2021 | 4:00pm

Rangers on course for sensational £46m jackpot - Maguire

The progress Rangers made in Europe this season will secure Scotland an automatic Champions League group stage spot potentially worth £46million.

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively with Rangers now focused solely on the Scottish Premiership after their Europa League run came to an end.

A 3-1 aggregate loss to Slavia Prague last week saw them crash out but their success this season has lifted Scotland to 10th in Uefa‘s club coefficient rankings.

That means the winners of the 2021-22 Scottish Premiership will almost certainly qualify automatically for the Champions League group stage.

Maguire explained the significance of this development, predicting that Rangers could see their turnover soar if they can retain the league title next season.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “If we take a look at Rangers finances for 2020, they had total revenues of £59m, of which £13m came from TV money.

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“We don’t know what’s happening with ticket sales next year but if we work on the basis that fans are to be allowed back, then it would have a significant impact.

“Just getting to the group stages of the Champions League should generate £30m as a bare minimum. Potentially, it could be £40m if they perform well in the group.

“They also have three extra home games which should be generating the thick end of £1.5-2m each. They will be able to charge premium prices for hospitality packages and so on.”

Uefa confirmed in October that Scotland will get two Champions League spots from next season onwards.

The runners-up in the Premiership will enter the competition in the qualifying rounds.

In other news, two Rangers centre-backs could leave the club in summer as a 23-year-old replacement is eyed.