Rangers playing in the FIFA Club World Cup is something that has just become a reality with the 2025 edition undergoing a serious revamp.
The Ibrox outfit’s outstanding European form since Steven Gerrard arrived in 2018 – except last season, of course – has seen us rise to 31 in UEFA’s standings and drag Scotland up to ninth in the continent’s rankings.
According to a report by Football Scotland, Rangers playing in the FIFA Club World Cup could be worth as much as £50m to the club.
The tournament is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2025.
The question is, how do Rangers qualify for such an elite event?
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For once, FIFA is looking to spread the love (money) and have placed certain restrictions on who can qualify and from where, with only one team allowed per country via the coefficient list.
What this means is that teams like Bayern Munich would qualify as Germany’s highest ranked team, but Borussia Dortmund wouldn’t and it would be the same in Spain with Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In England, if Man City win the Champions League this weekend, it would mean that Liverpool have a better chance of qualifying through the coefficient list with Chelsea already there too.
Rangers on 38 coefficient points will have to avoid a similar scenario to the one that saw us fail miserably last season in the Champions League or hope that Club Brugge (35) and Shakhtar Donetsk (31) don’t enjoy a better campaign.
Maybe dropping into the Europa League might not be such a bad idea after all if a reported £50m is the potential bonus.