Whilst for Rangers fans a place in the Europa League final is about prestige, for the club the financial benefits of beating RB Leipzig are also monumental.
Rangers’ European exploits this season have seen the club’s prize pot rise round after round and as things stand the club has already raked in around €13m (£11m) in Europa League prize money.
But if the Ibrox side can go one step further there are even more riches on the table as the club feels the financial boost of Europa League participation.
If Rangers can reach the final, they would be guaranteed at least another €3m (£2.5m) with even the beaten finalist receiving this from UEFA, taking the prize pot to £13.5m
But lifting the trophy guarantees another €5m (£4.2m) which would mean Rangers rake in £15.2m in prize money alone from the competition.
There’s still a long way to go and the tie with RB Leipzig is sure to be a monumentally tough one – especially amid injuries – but the financial incentive is there for all to see.
Not only would Rangers fans revel in the trip to Sevilla, but the club would also see a massive cash boost ahead of next season.
Rangers will get Europa League prize money boost with RB Leipzig win
Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst certainly wasn’t thinking about the finances as he previewed the RB Leipzig game and claims his side have the belief to go all the way.
“Of course we have the belief,” said Van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“If we are still involved in Europe and in a semi-final and you see the run we’ve had in Europe then it’s been very good. But we need another good performance and again next week.
“The confidence is there but I think also that we know that we have to perform again and everything we achieved in the past doesn’t count against Leipzig. We are just preparing well for these two games and I am very confident in my team.
“It’s the semi-final of the Europa League so the level is high, the level needed is also high, so we have to prepare well and make sure we have a good result to take back to Ibrox for next week.”