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ICT and rest of SPL suffer due to Rangers' Champions League exit

By Andrew Dixon

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CALEY Thistle - and all the other Scottish Premier League clubs - will suffer financial implications after Rangers were eliminated from the Champions League.

That is the view of SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster who stressed the defeat suffered by the defending Scottish champions would have an impact on the whole of the top flight.

Rangers enter the final round of qualifying for the Europa League after they lost a two-leg tie to Swedish champions Malmo in the third round of qualification for the Champions League last night.

"It's a huge disappointment for Rangers fans but also has an impact on the whole of the SPL," Doncaster said.

"With a team in the group stages of the Champions League, that means much larger solidarity payments from Uefa for all our clubs.

"With Rangers going into the play-offs for the Europa League, that means much smaller payments for our clubs."

It will be the first time no Scottish team has been in the group stage of the Champions League since 2002.

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