Rangers financial woes have been well documented over the last twelve months and have seen them lose their place in the SPL. The Ibrox side are set to start life again as a ‘newco’ in Division Three after going into liquidation. The financial implications for Scottish football could be immense. However, could Rangers fall from grace actually contain a silver lining?
Since the early 1980’s Scottish football has been completely dominated by the Old Firm of Rangers and Celtic. The two best supported clubs by far also outspent the rest of the league in wages and transfers. This created a mountain for the rest to climb. However, with Rangers dropping out of the top league does this level the playing field?
The riches of European football especially the Champions League can now be attained by one of the leagues lesser lights. This season Motherwell have a shot at taking a bite out of the lucrative carrot. The Europa League will also provide a platform for more Scottish teams to enhance their fan-base and spending power.
But what about the other side of the coin? The lower leagues in Scotland look all set to welcome Rangers with open arms. Elgin City who ply their trade in Division Three are already planning ahead. Chief Executive Graham Tatters said ”When Sky show cup ties at lower league grounds, you are talking about getting £80,000.That is serious money to clubs like ourselves who are hand to mouth.
If we got something like that we could employ youth players, get them on skill-seekers programmes and really build the club from the bottom up.”
Obviously Rangers fans are the big losers in all this, but with the club starting afresh, they still have a club to support. Their predicament can start a chain-reaction and a wake-up call to the rest of the game north of the border. The forthcoming months will reveal if revolution really is in the air.