A power shift in the governance of European football could be hugely advantageous for Rangers.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively amid the fallout of the now-shelved European Super League.
The 12 clubs who established the ESL as founder members resigned en masse from the European Club Association after the project was announced.
The Times reports that this has led to so-called ‘smaller’ clubs being represented to a greater extent on key ECA committees.
Maguire claims that greater representation for clubs of Rangers’ stature will mean they can better defend their interests.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “This could be really significant in the long-term for clubs like Rangers.
“There would be less pressure for the proposed Swiss model in the Champions League, I imagine.
“When the competition comes to be revamped next time, the questions will be over clubs with better coefficient rankings getting additional places.
“Or we might move towards a model in which actual champions automatically qualify for the Champions League, as it used to be in the European Cup.
“That second option might be more attractive if the governance of the ECA and Uefa itself changes.”
The Champions League under the Swiss model would be a 36-team competition in which teams would play 10 group stage games rather than the current six.
It has drawn criticism for its coefficient feature which could see certain sides qualify based on historic performance, potentially robbing sides like Rangers of a place.