Rangers could now face Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in the Europa League after they rallied to defeat Pep Guardiola and Man City in the Champions League.

Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva put RBL 2-0 up against the Group A winners before Riyad Mahrez pulled one back and Kyle Walker was sent off in a 2-1 defeat.

The result means the German side finish third in Group A – ahead of Club Brugge and behind PSG – to drop into a revamped Europa League knockout round.

The Europa League has been revamped with the UEFA Conference League underneath it designed to make the tournament more competitive.

Europa League group winners will now be given a bye past the first knockout round with the eight teams dropping out the Champions League facing off against the Europa League runners-up.


Rangers face potential Europa League glamour tie from Champions League dropouts

Rangers head into the Europa League clash with Lyon knowing that their status in the next round of the tournament – as runners up – has already been confirmed.

This means that Rangers will face a Champions League drop-out after Christmas with five sides already confirmed ahead of the final group matches this evening.

These are RB Leipzig, FC Porto, Borussia Dortmund, Sheriff Tiraspol and Zenit St Petersburg.

Three groups in this season’s Champions League are still wide-open heading into the final matchday with the likes of Barcelona, Benfica, Atalanta and Sevilla all teetering amongst others.

The Gers secured their Europa League knockout round status with a 2-0 victory over Sparta Prague at Ibrox in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first game as manager.

Rangers FC v Sparta Praha: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Giovanni van Bronckhorst heads to Lyon knowing his Rangers side are through to the Europa League knockouts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Since then, Rangers have gone on to win four matches on the bounce under the Dutchman with this clash against the Ligue 1 side set to be the biggest test yet.

However, with Lyon going through as group winners and Rangers as runners-up it allows both sides to rest players, with Lyon currently stuttering in Ligue 1.

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