Despite having already played 5 games, Rangers Europa League journey is only just beginning.
A solid start leaves no room for complacency as Rangers defend a 3-1 lead away to Slovenians Maribor. Should Rangers navigate this tricky tie, either Russians FC Ufa or a shot at redemption against Progres lies in wait.
But how much does Rangers Europa League run stand to make the club?**
From £4,000,000 to £4,800,000 depending on how Rangers progress. Broken down below.
Ok, so there’s a set amount for each round should teams navigate, but that’s not including gate receipts from the qualifiers.
Participation in the first qualifying round nets you €215,000 (approx. £190k). The second €225k (approx. £200k). The third €235k (approx.. £210k).
The Playoff bonus is €245k (approx. £220k) but only applies if Rangers are knocked out at this stage.
Working on the basis that tickets for home ties work out around £20 and there’s 50,000 seats, Rangers make £1million per game. That’s £4m for the four, £3m for the three.
Going out at the third stage, nearly £4m. At the playoff round £4.8m
Guaranteed approx. £7 million but this can increase with positive results
Should Rangers Europa League run take them to the groups, along with every other qualifier they will receive a group stage fee of £2.6mn.
Assuming ticket prices rise on average to £30 during the groups stages, Rangers would stand to make £1,5m per home match. That’s £4.5m in total.
This is on top of the estimated £4.5 mn they’ve made from the qualification process.
There are performance bonuses of €360k (approx. £320k) for a win €120k (approx. £105k) for a draw. Group winners will earn €600k (approx. £535k) and runners up €300k (approx. £270k).
This means that if Rangers get to the group stage they stand to make approximately £11.5mn at the very least.
If the run was to continue past Christmas…
Round of 32 – €500,000 (Approx. £440k)
Round of 16 – €1.1m (Approx. £965k)
Quarter finals – €1.5mn (approx. £1.3mn)
Semi-finals – €2.4mn each (approx. £2.1mn)
Final – €4.5mn each (approx. £3.9mn)
Winners – an additional €4mn (approx £3.5mn)
Should Rangers pull off the impossible and win the competition, before TV rights the most they would make from simply appearing in the UEFA cup is €15.6mn (£13.9mn).
It pales in comparison to riches from the Champions League, but still welcome
It is a surprising amount but a useful one for Rangers who will use the financial boost to their advantage. Certainly not to be sniffed at.
It pales in comparison to the Champions League, where teams get €6.5mn just for qualifying, €1.5mn for a win and many places estimate £30mn just for participating. It shows just how big a boost Celtic’s failure to qualify last night is for the Ibrox club.
**Please note, UEFA reward amounts are up-to-date as of this official page but ticket revenue is estimated. We’ve also excluded any discussion on TV deals, or the “market pool share” which varies team by team on terms of country by country deals and proportional share.
These are approximations and any final totals are in no way definite but are intended to give a ball park idea of the financial implications of reaching the Europa League group stage.