'They need the money': BBC's Bonner insists Rangers still languishing behind Celtic

By John McGinley

February 28, 2020

Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has insisted that Rangers are still behind Neil Lennon’s men from a squad point of view, despite the difference in Europa League fortunes, speaking to BBC Scotland.

As we know, the Bhoys suffered a hugely disappointing exit at the hands of Copenhagen last night.

Our Ibrox rivals meanwhile progressed to the last 16 on Wednesday night against Braga.

It highlights that progression for Celtic was more than achievable and that the tie against the Danes will go down as a huge missed opportunity.

For Bonner, one of the major positives for Rangers is the money generated by going through, which they will need if they are ever going to catch us up.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: “They need the money. They are way behind Celtic in that department. Celtic have a lot of money in the bank and it won’t hurt them going out as much as it would Rangers.

“So Rangers are in a good position to gain some extra finance and that will help them because they have to strengthen next year. There’s no question they’re still behind Celtic from a squad point of view.

“In a one-off game, they can challenge, but they certainly need players – and decent players – to enhance what they have there at the moment.”

Celtic fell to a defeat against Copenhagen / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Obviously every Celtic fan would have wanted to be in today’s Europa League draw. The fact that a team so far behind us in the Scottish Premiership have taken their place in that draw does not make our exit any easier to take.

However, as Bonner alludes to, European defeat is not the end of the world for Celtic, especially in financial terms.

Our squad is still the best in the country and we’ll be expecting to now show exceptional focus and push on towards a ninth successive title.

With a Scottish Cup also up for grabs, we could even be celebrating a treble once again.

Serious questions need to be asked about the Bhoys’ preparedness for Europe, there is no doubt about that.

Hopefully though we can head into the summer in another exceptionally strong position.

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