Rangers are now guaranteed a further €5m (£4m) from UEFA after overcoming Servette to reach the Champions League Playoff stage.

The Gers played out a 1-1 draw in Switzerland which was enough to ensure safe passage to an enthralling double-header with Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven for a place in the competition’s group stages.

But no matter what happens between Glasgow and the Netherlands, Rangers will now bank at least a further £4m with the payment guaranteed for whoever drops down into the Europa League.

Attentions will now turn to how Rangers look to use that money, if at all, with Michael Beale admitting during the week that the club is yet to replace the influence of former Liverpool attacker Ryan Kent.

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Rangers earn Champions League Playoff boost

Rangers spent £7m on signing Ryan Kent in 2019 following a successful loan spell in Glasgow the season previously but saw the winger leave at the end of his contract to Fenerbahce this summer.

With Rangers also losing the influence of Fashion Sakala, who left for Al-Fayha in a reported £4m deal, Rangers boss Michael Beale has admitted the club is light in attack.

“If you look at the forward areas, we lost Malik Tillman, Antonio Colak, Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Fashion Sakala,” said Beale.

“We’ve lost five and brought four in. You’re hoping Kemar Roofe or Tom Lawrence will make a massive impact this year, that they weren’t able to do last year.

“The one area we’re probably a little bit light is someone like a Ryan Kent. Whether we’ll get there between now and the end of the window, or do we find that within in our squad, time will tell.”

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As Rangers look towards the Champions League Playoff, the clash with a dangerous PSV Eindhoven team might come too soon for any Rangers Ryan Kent replacement.

Having also poached Malik Tillman from Bayern Munich, the USA international pivotal in the Gers getting past the Dutch last season, there are subplots aplenty ahead of the clash.

With the Rangers boss also admitting the club’s transfer business is all but levelled up this summer, perhaps one big exciting acquisition is to come as the Gers celebrate a crucial victory.

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