Stewart Robertson gives Rangers finances query short shrift as he sets out plans to avoid ‘situation we had 10 years ago’

Rangers chief executive Stewart Robertson insists the club are in the best financial position since he took over.

Supreme Ibrox Robertson marked 10 years ago since Craig Whyte drove the club into financial meltdown by discussing the disastrous saga.

Valentine’s Day marks exactly a decade since the club were placed in administration and dropped to the fourth tier of Scottish football.

Robertson, who came into his position at Rangers in 2015, the club was “broken” after “years of upheaval.”

With the club lifting the Premiership trophy once again last season, the club are a force again in Scottish football.

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Robertson states that from next season the club will aim to be “sustainable” with the player-trading model that saw Nathan Patterson leave for Everton.

When asked about the financial footing of the club in 2022 by Sky Sports:, he batted away the question insisting: “It’s the best position it’s been in since 2015.

“That’s taken a lot of hard work and investment from the board and investors.

“We had to invest in the infrastructure, we had to get the club into a place where we had created an elite environment for the players. If you don’t have that environment, you don’t attract the players.

“So it becomes self-fulfilling. To bring the players in required money and investment as well.

“We’ve moved the commercial department forward, the supporters have been phenomenal all the way through. Also getting back into Europe was a key part of that, as is the player trading as well.

“Nathan Patterson’s transfer to Everton that’s given us the fourth pillar to our business model. We’re now likely to be in a profitable situation this season and going forward we will be sustainable. That’s very much the business model now.

“From this season forward we want to be sustainable.

“That’s the business model that’s in place. It’s been discussed and signed off by the board.

“That’s my responsibility to make sure we do all the things to be there. That’s what Rangers has to be, we can’t go back to the situation we had 10 years ago.

“That just can’t happen at all. We’re only here for a short period of time and our stewardship is really important. I want to make sure when I leave here, which I will do someday, that the club’s in much better shape than the day I came in.”

He also noted that the club would not be forced to sell players if they were pipped to the Premiership title – with the battle with Celtic set to go all the way.

Robertson continued: “We have always said we’ll sell the right player, at the right price, at the right time for Rangers.

“We’re building something that’s long-term. We’re not going to win the league every year, you just have to make sure the foundations are in place.

“The long-term viability of the club is first and foremost. It’s player trading we look at, it’s not just selling players.

“There’s no need for us to go and sell a player if it doesn’t happen, we don’t budget to be in the Champions League. If it happens then that’s a bonus.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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