Rangers' Youth League opponents narrowed down
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Rangers' Youth League opponents narrowed down

Rangers Colts have a better idea of who they will face in the playoff round of the UEFA Youth League after the pool of potential opponents was narrowed down to eight ahead of Monday’s draw.

The Light Blues have impressed so far in their maiden campaign in UEFA’s elite youth competition and face a one-off playoff for a place in the last 16.

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Graeme Murty’s side could come up against one of Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge, Crvena Zvezda, Dinamo Zagreb, LOSC Lille, Lyon or Salzburg.

The draw takes place at 1 pm in Nyon on Monday and sees the eight UEFA Champions League path group winners already qualified for the next round while the eight runners-up take on the remaining eight teams from the Domestic Champions path. (The eight group winners are Real Madrid, Atalanta, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Benfica and Ajax)

Rangers have beaten Young Boys and Slovan Bratislava so far in the competition and will be at home in the playoff round, which is scheduled for 11/12 February.

The Gers have played their home games at Firhill in the competition and but could have to seek an alternative with Partick Thistle due to host Raith Rovers in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup a few days later.

With the Rangers first-team also due to play at home that weekend, it’s unclear where Rangers will host the game yet although the likes of Airdrie’s Penny Cars Stadium, Clyde’s Broadwood or Dumbarton’s C&G Systems Stadium all possible alternatives.

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Over 2000 fans turned out for the previous round’s game with Slovan so playing at the Hummel Training Centre’s recently-built stand would appear to be very unlikely.

Whoever the Gers face – and wherever the game takes place – Murty’s side will be hoping to continue their excellent form and put themselves in the last 16.