How much prize money did Rangers earn from Europa League Group A?
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How much prize money did Rangers earn from Europa League Group A?

Rangers drew 1-1 with Lyon at the Groupama Stadium on Thursday evening in the Europa League.

Scott Wright put the visitors ahead with a deflected strike in the 41st minute but an own goal from Calvin Bassey three minutes after half-time ensured the hosts secured a point.

Scott Wright was the Rangers goalscorer in France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

It brought to an end a six-match Group A schedule that was full of ups and downs.

The Gers lost their opening two fixtures but four points from two matches against Danish champions Brondby and a win over Sparta Prague at Ibrox under new manager Gio van Bronckhorst secured a second-place finish.

With Lyon having already topped the pile, Thursday’s clash in France was a dead rubber, but the 1-1 draw still topped up the prize money the Gers had already accumulated.

Rangers Europa League Group A prize money

Rangers had already earned several million pounds worth of prize money before their Group A campaign began back in September through a ten-year coefficient payment and their successful qualifying campaign.

There was plenty more on offer in the group stages, though, as UEFA committed to paying bonuses of €630k (£539k) per win and €210k (£180k) per draw [UEFA].

Rangers earned considerable prize money with their efforts in Europa League Group A. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Any team to pull off a perfect six wins out of six would have banked €3.78m (£3.23m).

Clearly, Rangers fell some way short of that mark, but their two wins and two draws still earned them a decent €1.68m (£1.44m).

That’s a tidy sum, especially when the bonuses for finishing runners-up in the group (€550k or £470k) and for qualifying for the preliminary knockout round (€500k or £427k) are added in.

Overall, then, Rangers earned €2.73m (£2.33m) in Group A, more than they’ve received for any player sale since Josh Windass joined Wigan Athletic for a reported £2.5m in August 2018.