EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Rangers’ participation in this season’s Europa League has earned them a guaranteed £3.3million, based on Uefa figures obtained by Football Insider.
The Scottish giants will net the sum from competing in Europe’s secondary club competition this season regardless of how they perform in the group stages starting this month.
Uefa’s Europa League distribution data shows that Rangers will earn £2.6m from their group stage allocation and £700,000 for progressing through the qualification rounds.
The £3.3m figure will be further topped up by prize money for their performances in the group stages, the Scottish clubs’ share of the TV pool, the sum of which is yet to be confirmed, as well as through Rangers’ Uefa co-efficient ranking.
The Light Blues will also have made a profit on hosting seven Europa League matches at Ibrox, four of which have already taken place, as well as commercial and merchandise spin-offs from those games.
Rangers qualified for the six-match group stage after overcome Legia Warsaw in their play-off in front of a raucous Ibrox last Thursday.
Steven Gerrard’s side have been pitted against Porto, Feyenoord and Young Boys, with the first fixture scheduled for 19 September against the Dutch club at Ibrox.
They got narrowly eliminated at the end of the group stage last season after failing to progress from a group that included Villarreal, Spartak Moscow and Rapid Vienna.
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