Kieran Maguire tips Rangers to 'barter' with English clubs after £2m blow
Rangers could claw back lost matchday income if SPFL chiefs allow clubs to stage matches south of the border.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about ongoing restrictions on sporting events in Scotland.
All football matches in Scotland are capped at 500 fans under Holyrood’s current regulations.
The Daily Mail reported last Wednesday (5 January) that SPFL clubs are losing between £1.5million and £2m in gate receipts per week.
It is also claimed that Scottish football chiefs are considering moving games to England, where no attendance restrictions are in place.
Maguire claims that such a move would be “cost-efficient” for Rangers even if they have to pay their English hosts a fee.
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“The host club would barter over a rental fee,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“We have seen matches between Argentina and Nigeria take place in London, so this would be no problem.
“If the distance isn’t too far, a club with a fanbase like Rangers would move en masse to go and watch their team.
“There would also potentially be some local fans if it was somewhere in the northeast.
“The benefits to Sunderland, Middlesbrough or Newcastle would be that they get additional revenue. They’d be happy to take that on board.
“Rangers fans would certainly travel in numbers. I suspect there would be a novelty factor. They’d take thousands of fans.
“It would be cost-efficient for Rangers to do that. They’d be very keen but I’m not convinced it would work for many others.”
Current restrictions were introduced on Boxing Day and are expected to remain in place after the end of the winter break next week.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.