A new sporting salary survey conducted by Sporting Intelligence has revealed that Rangers have severely underperformed this season in the Scottish Premiership, not when compared to Celtic, but in relation to Aberdeen.
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic team have romped home to the Scottish Premiership title this season, winning the league with an incredible eight games to spare. However, that should perhaps come as no surprise when you consider Celtic’s wage bill.
Sporting Intelligence have analysed professional sporting leagues around the world to lift the lid on what athletes are paid and in Scottish football it highlights the financial imbalance across the league.
As you’d expect, Celtic’s average annual salary per player far outstrips the rest of the division’s, at a reported £717,860, however the same could be said for Rangers too.
Their average annual salary per player is said to be £316,888, almost double that of Aberdeen’s and many multiples more than most other sides.
Remarkable then that Derek McInnes has managed to guide his side to second place right now, a massive 10 points ahead of the Ibrox side.
The figures are a fairly damning indictment of Mark Warburton’s season in charge of the Light Blues, unable to produce anything like the consistent form you need to challenge for the title or even comfortably finish second.
Signings like Joey Barton, Joe Garner, Philippe Senderos and Niko Krancjar haven’t helped, none of whom delivered massively on the pitch despite significant financial outlay.
However it does highlight that new boss Pedro Caixinha should have the resources to effect significant change at Ibrox next season. If he can leverage the financial advantage the Gers have over the rest of the division outside of Celtic then he should be able to give supporters a much improved campaign next year.