Ex-Rangers star plays vital role in securing club £170m jackpot
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Ex-Rangers star plays vital role in securing club £170m jackpot

Former Rangers star Kyle Bartley played a leading role as West Bromwich Albion earned a jackpot promotion to the English Premier League.

The big centre-half played the full 90 minutes as West Brom were held to a 2-2 draw by QPR, enough to see them finish second in the Championship as Brentford were beaten 2-1 by Barnsley.

It was an emotional day for Baggies fans as they earned promotion back to the top tier alongside Leeds United, who go up as the division’s champions.

Kyle Bartley played a key role as West Brom earned a jackpot promotion to the Premier League. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The promotion is believed to be worth up to a jaw-dropping £170m to the Hawthorns club, according to this report from consultancy.uk and reiterated by BBC Sport.

Bartley played a key role in West Brom’s promotion, playing 38 of the of the club’s 46 Championship games this season.

“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster,” Bartley told BBC Radio WM.

“This league has been crazy from start to finish but we’ve managed to get over the line.

“But nothing worth having in life is going to come easy. And the gaffer (Slaven Bilic) coming in has been a breath of fresh air.

“As a professional footballer, the money is great, the lifestyle is great but the most important thing is to play at the highest level you can, and it means so much to get this club back in the top flight.

“The only disappointment is that the fans weren’t here to see it. I think back to the Villa semi-final with the way the fans were that night and I just wish they could have been here.

“Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.”

The big defender spent a season-and-a-half on loan at Ibrox from Arsenal between January 2011 and the summer of 2012.

Kyle Bartley was known for his tough-tackling no-nonsense style at Rangers. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Bartley, now 29, is fondly remembered by the Gers faithful as a tough-tackling no-nonsense centre-half who was always fully committed to the cause.

Rangers fans everywhere will be congratulating the big defender for earning a proper crack at Premier League football with the Baggies.

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