Rangers Scottish Cup opponents Stranraer might’ve left Ibrox without a place in the Scottish Cup, but they certainly didn’t leave empty-handed.
The League One strugglers are currently rooked to the bottom of the Scottish second tier but did themselves a level of justice with their stubborn display at Ibrox keeping the scoreline down to a respectable 2-0.
Responding to a comment about the official attendance of 38,650 at Ibrox on Friday, they left Glasgow pretty happy with the healthy pay packet the tie brought them.
— Stranraer FC (@StranraerFC) January 17, 2020
Under the latest set of Scottish Cup rules, division of receipts and payment of expenses is covered under rule 33.
The SFA will take 5% of the gate receipts for hosting the competition, whilst the home club, in this case Rangers, is automatically entitled to 20% of the receipts before the away side is considered.
Any damages or expenses are then considered before the remaining amount of receipts are shared equally amongst the home and away sides.
For a team like Stranraer, this is a financial gamechanger and will give a much-desired boost to the club’s coffers.
Giving the final total in approximations, let’s round the attendance up to 40k and say it’s on average £20 a ticket.
Taking the 25% off the final total for the SFA’s 5% and Rangers’ 20% guarantee, and ignoring any expenses, Stranraer could make somewhere in the region of 37.5% of the gate receipts.That’s somewhere around £300,000 and doesn’t include the telly costs from Premier Sports or any prize money.
So whilst the Blues might’ve left Ibrox without a place in the next round on Friday night, they didn’t exactly leave empty-handed.
And with all those zeroes you can see why they’re pretty happy about it. Good luck to them!