The key reason why Rangers must still take Lyon clash seriously
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The key reason why Rangers must still take Lyon clash seriously

Rangers have already secured the runners-up spot in Group A and therefore progression to the Europa League preliminary knockout round, but there’s a key reason why they must still take Thursday’s clash with Lyon seriously.

Prize money.

Gio van Bronckhorst doesn’t have to get a result in Lyon to secure Europa League progression, but he’ll still be taking the match very seriously. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have already earned millions of euros from UEFA this season, despite missing out on the major payday of qualification for the Champions League group stages.

For example, the 2-0 win over Sparta Prague a fortnight ago was worth close to £1.5m to the club.

The trip to Lyon can’t be as lucrative for the Gers but there’s still some sizeable prize money to be gained in France.

A win for the visitors would see them land €630k (£535k) and they’ll still bank €210k (£178k) with a draw [UEFA].

Neither of those amounts are season-changing for Rangers but although funding gaps continue to be covered and Ross Wilson is insisting that players don’t need to be sold in January, in a time of big losses and a lack of player sales, additional six-figure sums are very welcome.

Additional Europa League prize money of over £500k would be a welcome boost ahead of the January transfer window. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Gio van Bronckhorst will still have the license to make changes in Lyon, as players on the peripheries since the start of his tenure receive opportunities to impress.

However, he’ll be aware that there’s more than just his impressive 100% record as Rangers manager on the line when the Light Blues take to the pitch at the Groupama Stadium.

Meanwhile, here’s how Bears reacted to the news that away fans won’t be admitted to the ground.

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