Rangers under 'financial' pressure next season after £13m Uefa reveal - McAvennie
Rangers are under added pressure to win the league next season because of the riches that Champions League qualification brings.
That is according to ex-Celtic hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 2021-22 title race.
According to Associated Press in May, qualifying for the Champions League group stage will net teams £13.4m compared to £13.1m in each of the last three seasons.
Next season’s Scottish Premiership champions will qualify automatically for the group stage rather than have to navigate the hazardous play-off rounds.
Rangers celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2021-22 and are marking the occasion by opening a new on-site museum and releasing a commemorative kit.
McAvennie claims this will only add to the pressure for Steven Gerrard’s side.
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“I think the pressure is the money aspect,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“You win the league and you go straight into the Champions League group stage. That is the biggest prize.
“I played for Celtic’s 100th-anniversary team and the pressure was immense. We were up against a really good Rangers side.
“They can have their day in the sunshine. I don’t mind as long as Celtic come out and give them a game next season.
“I was just annoyed that Celtic didn’t give them a run for their money last season. It wasn’t about Rangers winning it, it was the way that they won it.
“But now they are the ones being hunted and if they don’t do it in the first quarter of the season, the fans will let them know.
“With social media, it’s easy to keep in touch with the players and there are thousands of them that will let you know.”