Rangers defeated Lech Poznan 2-0 in Poland on Thursday evening in a big boost to their Europa League prize money for the 2020/21 season.

The Gers will receive a win bonus and an additional sum for topping Group D ahead of Benfica.

Cedric Itten scored the opener as Rangers triumphed in Poznan. (Photo by ADAM JASTRZEBOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Scottish Sun were one of several outlets to report, based on data from Football-Coefficient.eu, that those bonuses would amount to €1.57m (£1.44m), raising the Gers’ total to €8.47m (£7.78m).

It’s an impressive figure and one that’s based on Rangers’ results in qualifying and in the competition proper, while a healthy 10-year coefficient payment has also been factored in.

However, it may be a little higher than the sum the Gers have actually earned at this stage.

That’s because the reported performance bonuses are based on figures published by UEFA for last season’s Europa League and they do not take into account the governing body’s alleged decision to make cuts to prize pots.

The Times claimed in October that UEFA had written to clubs to inform them that after losing £514m due to the impact of Covid-19 on the 2019/20 campaign, they would be reducing prize money across the next five seasons.

The report estimated that English clubs could expect to see TV and prize money drop by around 4% during that time.

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Rangers may not receive quite as much prize money for their Europa League achievements as is being reported. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Applying such a deduction to Rangers’ figures would see their reported total of €8.47m (£7.78m) reduced by around €338k (£310k) to €8.13m (£7.47m).

It’s a relatively minor change in the grand scheme of things, though, and the club’s board will be hoping that further rewards will be earned in the coming months anyway.

With the Gers seeded for the Round of 32 draw on Monday, they cannot face heavyweights like Manchester United, Tottenham and Ajax, and will be looking to at least match the achievements of last season by progressing to the Last 16.

However, there are some strong unseeded clubs in the mix, and these fans are hoping Rangers aren’t drawn against this high-flying surprise package.

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