Statistics are clearly showing the gap between Celtic and Rangers.
Celtic’s march to 10 titles in a row now stands at Seven, and the Hoops are superior in every respect to their Glasgow rivals on and off the pitch, not least because the Glasgow champions finds their way to the Champions League most season and have £30million deposited in their bank reserves from the group stages alone.
In Celtic most recent annual figures, their turnover shows it was more than £60million bigger than Rangers’ [£90.6 million to £29.2 million]. Celtic revealed a whooping £23million profit, while Sveco had a £1million loss.
Celtic are banking more money than Rangers. The wages bills are £52million and £18million respectively.
Little wonder, then that new manager Steven Gerrard has a salary that pales in significance compared to his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
During their days at the Merseyside giants, the Anfield icon was one of the Premier League’s top earners and his salary would have been around double that of the northern Irishman.
With both in the dugout and directing operations from the sidelines, the financial tables have turned.
The Times claim Gerrard is likely to earn around £1million-a-year when he formally takes the Rangers reigns on 1 June, equivalent to £19,000-a-week. On the other side of Glasgow, Rodgers is raking in £2.4million-a-year, or £46,000-a-week.
This illustrates the divide between the two clubs and the one Gerrard has been charged with narrowing. If he can stop the march to 10-in-a-row, there isn’t a Rangers fan out there who would deny him a move into the same pay bracket as Rodgers.