Celtic senior man reportedly earns £27K-a-wk more than Gerrard, shows how Rangers have fallen
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Plenty of statistics perfectly illustrate the gap between Celtic and Rangers.
The Hoops’ march to 10 titles in a row now stands at seven, and they are superior in every respect to their Glasgow rivals on and off the pitch, not least because they climb aboard the Champions league gravy train most season and £30million is injected into their bank reserves from the group stages alone.
In the most recent annual figures, Celtic’s turnover was more than £60million bigger than Rangers’ (£90.6 million to £29.2 million). Celtic posted a super-healthy £23million profit, while the Light Blues had a £1million loss.
Celtic make money and Rangers lose it. Their wage bills are £52million and £18million respectively.
Little wonder, then that new manager Steven Gerrard has a salary that pales in significance compared to his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
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During their days at the Merseyside giants, the Anfield icon was one of the Premier League’s top earners and his salary would have been around double that of the northern Irishman.
With both in the dugout and directing operations from the sidelines, the financial tables have turned.
The Times claim Gerrard is likely to earn around £1million-a-year when he formally takes the Rangers reigns on 1 June, equivalent to £19,000-a-week. On the other side of Glasgow, Rodgers is raking in £2.4million-a-year, or £46,000-a-week.
This illustrates the divide between the two clubs and the one Gerrard has been charged with narrowing.
If he can stop the march to 10-in-a-row, there isn’t a Rangers fan out there who would deny him a move into the same pay bracket as Rodgers.