Gio van Bronckhorst’s Rangers first-team aren’t the only Gers side waiting to learn their fate in Europe – with the Ibrox youngsters in the hat for Tuesday’s UEFA Youth League playoff draw alongside some of European football’s biggest names.
After teams were put into the two distinct pathways – Domestic Champions and Champions League – the winners of the eight Domestic Champions path second-round ties (which includes Rangers) will be drawn against the runners-up from the UEFA Champions League path group stage for a spot in the last 16 of the competition.
Rangers have reached this stage before, losing out to Atlético Madrid at Firhill two years ago in the Gers’ debut in the competition, and they’ll face a tough challenge to make it to the last 16 for the first time.
The Gers defeated Septemvri Sofia 7-2 on aggregate in the second round of the Domestic Champions path to book their place in the draw, winning 3-0 on Tuesday night in the second leg as they put in an impressive performance.
With the draw set to take place next week in Switzerland, we’ve compiled everything you need to know ahead of the UEFA Youth League playoff draw.
When does the draw take place?
The draw takes place on Tuesday at 11am and will be streamed live on UEFA’s website.
Who could Rangers face?
Rangers face one of the eight teams who finished second in their Champions League group and could come up against two-time winners Chelsea or 2019 conquerors Atléti.
- Borussia Dortmund
- Club Brugge
- Dynamo Kyiv
When and where will the games be played?
The playoff round will be a one-off fixture with Rangers at home as a result of qualifying through the Domestic Champions path with fixtures played on February 8/9.
Rangers have played their home games at Dumbarton this season – although with enough interest from fans the Gers could host the game at Ibrox and attempt to beat the existing attendance record of 32,510.
Who awaits in the last 16 if Rangers make it through?
If David McCallum and Brian Gilmour can lead their side to the last 16, they will join the seven other winners from the playoff round and the eight teams who have already confirmed their place after winning their Champions League path group.
- Manchester United
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Real Madrid (holders)
- Sporting CP
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