A worrying Rangers claim has been made ahead of the 2022 summer transfer window for the Ibrox giants…
Football pundit Paddy Kenny has claimed that Celtic are in a healthier financial position to the Gers and has stated that Champions League qualification could be crucial for them ahead of next season.
He has indicated that Rangers will need to move on their ‘sellable assets’ if they fail to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s premier competition.
“I’m sure Rangers are in control of their finances. Of course, there will always be that worry.
“The Champions League is so important to some clubs and I’m sure not making the group stages this season was a blow. Obviously the whoever wins the league this season goes straight into the groups and gets that payday.
“That’s one hell of an incentive, not that you need extra motivation to win the league title. If Celtic manage to win the league and Rangers then don’t qualify for the Champions League groups, that’s the worst-case scenario.
“There is a lot of football still to play but we know Celtic’s finances are better than Rangers’. And, if it comes down to it and the gamble doesn’t pay off, they do have plenty of sellable assets.”
This claim is a scary one for Rangers fans due to what it implies if the club fails to win the Premiership this season. They could be in a difficult financial position if they end up in the Europa League again and that, judging by these comments, would result in key players departing from Ibrox.
Fans will surely want to see their top players remain, with the likes of Ryan Kent, Borna Barisic and Glen Kamara among those who have recently been tipped with exits. It should go without saying, but losing your top performers is likely to have a big impact on the pitch and could harm Gio van Bronckhorst’s chances of adding further silverware down the line.
Alfredo Morelos is another player who has been linked with a move away this year and his departure would be a major loss. He has 104 goals in 207 matches for the club and has proven that he can score goals on a consistent basis in Scotland.
Therefore, his exit would leave a major hole at the top end of the pitch that would need filling by a new addition and it is impossible to guarantee that Ross Wilson will be able to unearth another player who can score over 100 goals in so few games. This is why supporters will be fretting over Kenny’s claim and may start to think about the ‘worst-case scenario’; who could leave the club next summer.