Frank McAvennie believes Glasgow Rangers’ exit from the Champions League will be a disaster for the Ibrox outfit.
The Lowdown: Gers out of Champions League
The Gers’ Premiership title win will have left Steven Gerrard and co hopeful that they could reach the group stages of this season’s Champions League.
However, they bowed out at the first hurdle as they lost 4-2 on aggregate to Swedish side Malmo in the third qualifying round.
The Latest: McAvennie worried
Speaking to Football Insider – albeit prior to the second leg on Tuesday – McAvennie suggested it would be a disaster for the Gers if they did not manage to get past Malmo. He said:
“The pressure is really on now.
“Knowing the Rangers board, they have probably spent the group stage money already.
“I think they had an eye on tonight’s game when playing Dundee but they should have still won.
“Rangers will be a different proposition tonight I’m sure. They just didn’t perform at the weekend.
“They need to start well so the crowd don’t get on their back.
“It’s a hard task but I think they will win. It would be a disaster if they lost.”
The Verdict: Must be clever
It is of course not good news for the Gers to bow out of the competition before it could become truly lucrative. A place in the group stages could have brought in £30m for the club (The Glasgow Times), money which would have been huge for the Scottish side.
Is the Malmo defeat a disaster?
However, they are unlikely to be in a perilous position as long as they are careful. Stewart Robertson said last term that the Gers will need to sell players in the future anyway (BBC), and the Gers do have plenty of valuable assets (Transfermarkt).
Missing out on the Champions League is a blow, but that does not mean they are out of European competitions altogether – they still have a chance of reaching the Europa League group stages, and any sales of star players like Alfredo Morelos could do more than enough to atone for Tuesday night’s financial hit.
In other news, Rangers fans are livid at this SPFL move.
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