Rangers are set for a boost following a significant Europa League format change by UEFA.

The Light Blues find themselves sitting third in Group A after last night’s disappointing draw with Brondby.

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A UEFA format change has provided a boost for Rangers. (Photo by Gaston Szerman/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

However, due to a change in format from last season, our qualification hopes rest in our own hands.

This campaign has seen the group fixtures change. Previously, teams who met on matchday one would then play again on matchday five. The teams facing each other on matchday two would play again on the final night, with a doubleheader on matchdays three and four.

UEFA has changed the format for this season, though, so instead of playing Lyon next, who are in wonderful European form, we face Sparta Prague.

After last night’s match, the onus is on the side to beat Sparta Prague and make sure they cant finish above us.

If Rangers lose, then they cannot finish second as Sparta would have a superior head-to-head record. However, they wouldn’t necessarily exit Europe.

If a third-place finish was secured, then a playoff match between Rangers and a team that finishes second in a Conference League group would take place for a spot in the last 16 of that tournament.

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Rangers’ Swedish defender Filip Helander celebrates scoring with his team-mates during the UEFA Europa League last 16 tie against Slavia Prague (Photo by Milan Kammermayer / AFP) (Photo by MILAN KAMMERMAYER/AFP via Getty Images)

There are plenty of permutations there, although Brondby theoretically could still finish above Rangers if they win their last two matches and Rangers stumble.

That should be the key message given to the team by Steven Gerrard in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, Rangers have a surprising fan in an ex-Premier League referee.

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