Rangers’ chairman Douglas Park has issued a stern warning to Scottish football.
Park believes that the Scottish game is being completely undersold by the governing bodies and unless there is a drastic change soon, the game could be left behind.
“We believe that Scottish football is a strong product but is undervalued and as a result, undersold. This must change,” wrote Park in the club’s annual report [Rangers.co.uk].
The report stated that the club has recorded a deficit of more than £7.5m bigger than in the 2019/20 season.
The Covid-19 pandemic certainly hasn’t helped matters. With fans being locked out of Ibrox for the entirety of the previous campaign, vital matchday revenue was lost.
“The past year has continued to bring unprecedented challenges to our club,” continued the Rangers chairman. “The pandemic wrought a profound impact on our club, both on and off the field of play and its effects continue to be felt.”
“When the current board wrestled back control of our club, I viewed this as a 10-year project. In 2021, I still believe that analysis to be accurate. The condition in which our club was left cannot be underestimated. Yet painstakingly and with unerring resolve, we have rebuilt, and we will continue to do so.”
Rangers chairman hits out
Do these figures heap more pressure on the club to secure automatic Champions League qualification next year and a possible £40m windfall? Perhaps.
What we do know is, Rangers might have to ponder selling a prized asset.
With many players coming into their prime such as Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara, the onus now is for Rangers to retain the league title to reduce the need to sell.