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Winning The League Is The Most Important Of All, Says Bain


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RANGERS are on the cusp of retaining the SPL title with the finishing line now so close and Chief Executive Martin Bain has revealed that winning this season is TEN times more important than in 2009.

It was made quite clear that success in the 2008/09 campaign and subsequent qualification to the Champions League group phase was absolutely vital for the club.

However, the chief executive has indicated that doing the same this season is even more important for Rangers in terms of aiding the financial situation.

By winning the title Rangers will directly qualify for the group phase next season, as long as this season's Champions League winners are also directly qualified through their league position.

Currently all four semi-finalists - Barcelona, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Lyon - are in qualifying positions in their respective leagues.

And that means £10million to £12million of income which is absolutely vital.

Bain said: "I know Walter has been quoted before that he was told he had to win the league last year and that's right.

"However, the pressure at the start of this season was ten-fold compared to last year because securing Champions League football for next season would be a massive, massive step for us.

"If you have Champions League football then it does transform things for you. It's a massive injection of cash to the club.

"We are not over the line yet. In any great race the last part is always the hardest and while we are in a great position and we hope to secure the Championship but Walter would be the first to tell you we are not there yet."

The chief executive has been thrilled with the way the management and players have contrived to produce another fantastic season.

Despite having a reduced playing squad and no new players brought in against a back-drop of uncertainty over potential new ownership, Rangers are heading for another glorious finale.

The chief executive said: "I think our performance on the field this season has been magnificent. I think everyone on the management team, the backroom staff and the playing staff have shown that spirit and determination is everything.

"That was shown recently in the League Cup Final when we won with nine men but we have been showing it all season in the Championship with a limited squad in terms of numbers.

"It epitomises everything about Rangers Football Club.

"It has been challenging on and off the park and it's been challenging for the Rangers supporters.

"When you are unable to see clearly where the club is going then it can be a frustration obviously for those inside the walls of Ibrox and those outside and I'm sympathetic towards that.

"As Alastair Johnston has said it's a matter of the Murray Group selling their majority shares in the club and if there are any investors prepared to acquire them then that transaction is between these parties.

"However, we have an independent committee within the board to make sure that if this happens there is an appropriate business plan for the club going forward.

"Of course this has been going on for a while now and there is no doubt that it is unsettling for all of us."


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