There is no question that English sides in the Premier League and even the Championship are always going to hold the financial advantage over the likes of Rangers in Scotland.
The television rights from the likes of Sky and BT mean that those south of the border are left to enjoy the vast spoils coming their way, while Scottish clubs are working on a fraction of what their counterparts in England have at their disposal.
It is why selling players for a decent profit is so important to Rangers and Celtic – that money can be reinvested into the squad to ensure the club progresses.
At Ibrox, it is director of football Mark Allen who is tasked with the buying and selling of talent for the first team and it is no wonder he is reported to have Hearts’ John Souttar in his sights after the 22-year-old defender’s impressive performances this season.
Teamtalk claim that the Gers are chasing the three-cap Scottish international this summer but face fierce competition from English Championship side Derby County, with a value of £5million set on his head.
Now that sort of fee is said to be a hurdle for the Light Blues to overcome – but considering how players values have been rising in Scotland, courtesy of the likes of Moussa Dembele and Virgil van Dijk, Allen must see what a money-making opportunity Souttar would be.
One good season at Ibrox would add a couple of million pounds to his current price tag and if he can play a part in bringing a trophy to Rangers, then he could surely double the club’s money if and when he is eventually sold.
His age means he has plenty of potential to grow and develop and if Derby are keen on him now, then there could well be Premier League sides sniffing around in a year or two.
Sinking the Rams this summer and snapping up Souttar is not just Rangers getting their hands on a top player – it is securing a financial investment which could seal them a pretty penny in a couple of years.