Rangers Champions League path revealed with Marseille and PSV lying in wait

27 Th5 2022 | 08:14 | Football

Rangers are currently facing the prospect of trying to negotiate two qualifiers to get in Champions League next season’s group stage – and earn more than £35m.

Celtic was there because the Scottish champions had direct access and Rangers there will be some work to do to join them after last night’s painful penalty shootout defeat in the game Europa League Final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

If they win in Seville, they’ll also qualify directly – straight into pot one.

However, now they come in the third qualifying round as champions.

Scottish Express Sport could reveal that when things go, Rangers will be the second-highest ranked club in the qualifying picture.

This means they will avoid Benfica, almost certainly Marseille, who is likely to finish third in France, and Dynamo Kiev at the first hurdle.

However, there are some tough opponents waiting, like PSV Eindhoven, Austria’s Sturm Graz, Denmark’s Midtjylland and the Belgian returning kings Union Saint Gilloise

If Rangers pass, they will be seeded in the play-offs, again, they will miss out on Benfica but could face Marseille, who have reached the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League this season, or Kiev.

Of course, they famously played against the French side in the opening match of the 1992/93 Champions League, drawing 2-2 at Ibrox and 1-1 at the Velodrome.

Marseille reached the final, beating AC Milan 1-0, but were prevented from defending the title following a match-fixing scandal involving president Bernard Tapie.

Mark Hateley headed home goalkeeper Fabien Barthez to equalize for Marseille in 1992
Mark Hateley headed home goalkeeper Fabien Barthez to equalize for Marseille in 1992

It would be sensational if both Old Firm sides were to return to the elite of European football.

It’s been 15 years since both clubs were there when the top two automatically qualified.

Like Scottish Express Sport revealed in February, the Premiership title winners are set to qualify directly for the next three seasons, that’s the multiplier.

The Champions League will then change in 2024/25 with a conference period when clubs will play 10 group stage matches instead of the current six before the knockout stage.

If Rangers lose in the EITHER qualifier, they will parachute into the Europa League group stage.

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