By Paul Robinson

14th Nov, 2021 | 9:00am

Rangers have 'plan' to avoid player sales in 2022 after £23.5m reveal - pundit

Rangers do not need to sell any of their big-name stars next summer so long as they qualify for the Champions League group stages.

That is the view of former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the recently published club accounts for the year ending 30th June 2021.

The Gers announced an operating loss of £23.5million for last season in their annual accounts and are also reeling after losing Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa.

It represents a significant loss of £7.5million more than the previous campaign.

In a statement on the club’s website, chairman Douglas Park detailed how the club’s finances have been “heavily impacted by Covid”.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if player sales would likely be needed next year to help balance the books, Robinson said:

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“I do not think they need to sell any of their best players. I think that will be the plan.

“I think a loss of that size is sustainable if they do well in Europe. The European competitions are worth a lot of money.

“If they can win the league and qualify for the Champions League next year then they can bridge that gap. Money from the Champions and sponsors would be enough to significantly reduce that loss next season.”

Rangers failed to qualify for the Champions League proper this season.

Each win in the group stages of Europe’s premier competition is worth approximately £2.13million.

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