Winning the second European competition means automatic qualification for the group stage of the Champions League.
Not only that, Rangers would also be in Pot 1.
So what to expect for the Ibrox Club and its supporters:
Rangers are accompanied by the elite of Europe. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Porto are all included. They will be joined by either AC Milan or Inter Milan and either Liverpool or Manchester City or both, depending on which sides win the Premier League and Champions League. If Manchester City wins the former and Real Madrid wins the latter (or Liverpool win both), Ajax will move into Pot 1.
Who else could the Rangers draw?
If Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men are in Pot 1 as Europa League winners, it means they will have an easier group than in Pot 4, but it certainly won’t be called easy.
You just have to look at some of the opponents lurking in Pot 2. Chelsea, Juventus, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are four options, while well-known opponents in RB Leipzig are also included.
There are also some big names in pot 3. Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen.
Only one club in Pot 4 is currently confirmed. This is Celtic after their Scottish Premiership win. They are joined by clubs battling through the qualifying rounds.
Why can’t Rangers draw their rivals?
It’s easy. UEFA rules dictate that two clubs from the same nation cannot be drawn into the same group.
What happens if Rangers don’t win the Europa League?
The Ibrox club will still qualify for the Champions League but via their league position. They will go into the third qualifying round and league path together with Benfica and PSV Eindhoven.
The good news for Rangers is that they are seeded as well as Benfica, so they avoid the Portuguese giants. The two teams currently unseeded are Austria’s Sturm Graz and Union Saint-Gilloise of Belgium.
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