Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows has explained why Celtic, Rangers and the Well are getting more in SPFL pay-outs.

Team across all four leagues had notice they were receiving payment from the SPFL a month early. Whilst most Premiership teams are getting £157,500 plus VAT, Celtic, Rangers and Motherwell will get £395,000 plus VAT.

Motherwell and Celtic along with Rangers are getting some more funds than most. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Championship clubs are receiving £26,500 plus VAT each, whilst their League One counterparts are in receipt of £2,700 plus VAT. Teams in League Two are entitled to £1,350 plus VAT each.

Burrows has explained why the SPFL’s top three sides currently are getting more money on Off the Ball: “It is not so much on the basis of being third, it is the fact that we can’t finish below the top six.


“Motherwell, Celtic and Rangers at the minute are the teams if the season was played to a conclusion would definitely be top six – that is the basis it is split up. The payment we all receive in April which has been brought forward a few weeks is predicated on who gets into the top six.

Motherwell secured the top six away to Hearts. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“The teams who are in the top six get top six money, everyone in the bottom six gets bottom six money.”

A solid boost

For Celtic, Motherwell and Rangers, this is a welcome boost. It’s a particular boost for Motherwell running on a small budget as it is with little revenue forthcoming during the football shutdown.

It was a draw with Hearts that secured top six for Motherwell, the last game prior to the SPFL’s suspension. That extra point has bagged Motherwell over £200k extra in revenue.

There were eyebrows raised initially but Burrows has managed to clear up why Scotland’s top three are getting more funds from the SPFL.

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