Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has claimed the financial gulf between Rangers and the Dons means the Gers should be finishing second in the Scottish Premiership – and insists there is “no comparison” in the spending power between the two sides.
The Gers added Russell Martin, Greg Docherty, Jamie Murphy, Sean Goss and Jason Cummings to their squad in January and McInnes thinks the additions will have cost the Ibrox giants the same in wages as he spends on his entire squad.
With the two sides meeting at Pittodrie on Tuesday night with the Gers trailing the Dons by a single point with two games left to play, McInnes thinks it is “testament” to his players that they are still in the race to finish second.
“With what Rangers have got to work with they should be finishing second,” McInnes said, as quoted by the Evening Express.
“There is no comparison. Rangers spent in January more than £40,000 per week (extra in wages) getting six or seven players in.
“That equates to (the weekly wage of) my full squad.
“It is testament to my players and the work we do here that we are still there.”
Football Insider verdict
Rangers do spend considerably more than Aberdeen on wages but few can argue that the Gers haven’t exactly spent their money wisely in the last few years. With guys like Eduardo Herrara, Carlos Pena and Bruno Alves drawing massive wages to not do a huge amount of anything, the Gers’ spending isn’t a major factor. With a huge overhaul of the squad expected this summer the Ibrox giants, the Light Blues will be hoping to get more bang for their buck next term. As much as the Gers do spend more than Aberdeen, nobody has any expectations of the Dons ever actually challenging Celtic for the title or trophies so they aren’t going to be paying wages to players of that level of ability and/or reputation – although with that said, there are few concessions made for the massive gulf in spending between the Gers and their bitter rivals Celtic.