Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s charges are set to take on German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final on 18th May, with the winner qualifying for Europe’s elite cup competition.
What is the latest news involving Rangers?
Rangers reached their first European final since 2008 after seeing off RB Leipzig 3-2 on aggregate in a memorable two-legged semi-final affair.
And if they are able to get the better of Frankfurt in Sevilla’s Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, they will go into pot one of next season’s Champions League group-stage draw.
According to GOAL, the Ibrox outfit would receive a guaranteed £13 million just for qualifying for the tournament, receiving an additional £2.3m for every victory and £778,000 for every draw in the group stages.
Meanwhile, the same publication states that teams who competed in the Europa League during 2019/20 received just £2.5m for participating in the group stages, £485,000 per victory and £161,000 per draw.
The financial rewards are evidently clear for Rangers, therefore, and victory over Frankfurt could have a huge impact not only on the pitch but off it as well.
What has O’Rourke said about Rangers?
It’s set to be a busy summer for Van Bronckhorst as several of his first-team squad are either out of contract in a few months or in just over a years’ time.
And O’Rourke believes qualifying for the Champions League will allow Rangers’ Dutch tactician to target a higher calibre of player when the market reopens for business.
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In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “Yeah, without a doubt, he’ll be looking at maybe better players.
“Obviously, it gives them more money to work with in the transfer window if they do get into the Champions League with the riches that are on offer there.”
Who could Rangers sign?
According to a recent report from The Northern Echo, Rangers are one of the clubs interested in signing Sunderland striker Ross Stewart.
Prior to joining the Black Cats back in the 2021 January transfer window, the 25-year-old had spent the rest of his career in Scotland at clubs such as Ross County, St. Mirren and Alloa Athletic.
Van Bronckhorst could respectfully set his sights a little higher if Rangers bring Champions League football back to the blue half of Glasgow, though.