RANGERS are just one step closer to securing Champions League football for the first time since 2010, but they nearly fell over the first hurdle.The Gers were shocked with Jupiter Pro League side Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium after losing 2 to 0 in the first phase of their qualifying match.Rangers Transfer Deal.Malik Tillman steered Rangers towards their Champions League play-off final against PSVCredit: PA
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team made a spirited comeback on the pitch at Ibrox to prepare themselves for an exciting play-off final against PSV Eindhoven.But what happens if Scottish bigwigs are defeated?
What happens when Rangers fall in Champions League qualifying?
If Rangers could pull off the ultimate victory against Dutch huges PSV Eindhoven, Champions League qualification would be assured.
But, if it were the case that Scottish giants were defeated, Rangers would find themselves again at the Europa League this season.
Their fierce opponents Celtic had already secured the automatic qualifying group stage slot, having won the league in the previous season.
What pot will Rangers be able to enter if they choose to go through?
If Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team manage to get through the groups, they are likely to be within Pot 4 – along with Celtic.
THE MANY READERS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
This is because of that the Scottish League possessing one of the lowest coefficients, as per UEFA rules.However they Gers could be able to sneak in to Pot 3 should Portuguese giants Benfica do not get their place in the Champions League group stages.
This is due to Rangers having a coefficient that is more than the teams of Pot 4 (Club Brugge, Celtic and Marseille) which have already obtained their qualification.
This means that they would be able to ensure that the Scottish champions could avoid “tougher teams in their group once the draw is confirmed and they have a better chance of making it into the knock-out round.