Rangers tipped to land £13.2m+ windfall as news all but confirmed - expert
Gabby Agbonlahor is convinced Rangers will qualify for next season’s Champions League group stages even if they do not win the Europa League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker delivered his verdict after Rangers “battered” Celtic in the second half of the 1-1 draw at Parkhead on Sunday (1 May).
That result all but secured Celtic the title as they sit nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table with just three games left.
Dale Johnson of ESPN reported on Monday (2 May) that means they are set to enter next season’s Champions League at the group stages.
Rangers will join them if they win the Europa League, if not, they will have to settle for a place in the third qualifying round – two games away from the group stages.
According to Uefa distribution data, each side in the group stages earns at least £13.2million in prize money that is boosted by every draw or win in the competition.
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“I can’t split Rangers and Celtic they are both very, very good teams,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“In the first half Celtic were the better team but in the second half, Rangers battered them and were very good. Both are strong teams.
“It’s exciting going forward into the next season with the title race going forward.
“I fancy Rangers to be strong enough to qualify through the Champions League qualifiers and into the group stages because they are a very good team.”
Rangers last qualified for the Champions League group stages in the 2010-11 season.
They lost in the third qualifying round this season to Malmo 4-2 on aggregate.