Rangers could face teams who embarrassed Celtic in Champions League qualifiers
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Rangers could face teams who embarrassed Celtic in Champions League qualifiers

Rangers could face one of two teams who have embarrassed Celtic in recent times in the 2021/22 Champions League qualifiers.

The Gers will enter qualifying at the third round stage, meaning that they will have to successfully negotiate two ties in order to reach the competition proper.

After two strong Europa League campaigns, Steven Gerrard is hoping to take the Gers to the Champions League. (Photo by Adam JASTRZEBOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by ADAM JASTRZEBOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Lower-ranked Brøndby’s recent Danish Superliga title win confirmed that Steven Gerrard’s side will be seeded for the third-round draw, giving them a significant advantage.

With the preliminary round ties still a number of weeks away, a lot of football needs to be played before the Gers will get a full idea of who they may face.

However, there are a number of familiar faces entering the competition at the first qualifying round, including Lincoln Red Imps and two clubs who have embarrassed Celtic recently; CFR Cluj and Ferencvaros.

Cluj dumped Celtic out of Champions League qualifying during the 2019/20 season with a 5-4 aggregate win following a 4-3 second-leg victory at Celtic Park, while Ferencvaros ended the Hoops’ Champions League hopes last season with a 2-1 victory at Parkhead in a one-leg affair.

Rangers could face one of two sides who previously embarrassed Celtic in 2021/22 Champions League qualifiers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Depending on how results in earlier rounds go, the Gers could face either of Celtic’s conquerors in the third round.

If Rangers make it through to the play-off round, things are then likely to get somewhat trickier, as they are set to be unseeded [Scotsman].

At that stage, they could face the likes of Olympiacos, Red Bull Salzburg or a rematch with 2020/21 Europa League Last 16 opponents Slavia Prague.

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