Rangers have been delivered a European boost after last night’s late heartbreak in Switzerland with the Gers and bitter rivals having amassed enough coefficient points to provisionally earn Scotland a second Champions League spot from 2021/22.
Despite conceding a last-minute winner against Young Boys in their second Europa League group game last night, Rangers have helped gain 5.750 points so far – with only Spain and Holland picking up more at this stage of the season.
Just gonna go ahead and assume that Qarabag holds on to this one. Here is the updated coefficient. Third time is the charm for Celtic against Cluj. Maybe they're just more comfortable in the UEL?!? pic.twitter.com/AFoDEqHLw9
— UEFA Calculator (@UEFACalculator) October 3, 2019
The current points tally would see Scotland rise from 19th to 15th in the coefficient rankings and, while it wouldn’t be enough to book an automatic place in the group stage for the Scottish champions, it would see the team finishing second in the league also enter at the qualifying stage.
Qualification for the Champions League would be a massive boost for Rangers and potentially provide a massive windfall if Steven Gerrard’s side were to reach the group stages.
While it is still relatively early in the season and there could still be much change in the coefficient table, if Rangers and Celtic can match last season’s total of 6.750 coefficient points then it should be enough to see them secure 15th.
With big changes set to come into effect in the Europa League following the announcement of the UEFA Conference League, managing to hold on to 15th – or even climb even higher – would have massive benefits for a host of Scottish clubs outside of the Old Firm.