Rangers defeated Sparta Prague 2-0 at Ibrox in their latest Europa League Group A tie which means the Ibrox side are into the knockout round playoffs for a place in the last 16.

The format has changed this season due to UEFA establishing a third European competition, the Europa Conference League, which means Rangers will return to action before Lyon.

Rangers FC v Sparta Praha: Group A - UEFA Europa League
Alfredo Morelos scored twice for Rangers in their Europa League win over Sparta Prague. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gio van Bronckhorst’s side will face a team that finish third in their Champions League group and the full list of potential opponents is enough to give any Bear nightmares.

Already confirmed are Borussia Dortmund, Zenit St Petersburg, and Sheriff Tiraspol. Although an even bigger club could await the Gers.

The teams that sit third in various CL groups at the moment include heavyweights such as AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Benfica, Atalanta, and Sevilla.

Things could still change depending on how results go during matchday six. The likes of Barcelona, Porto, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Club Brugge could still find themselves in the Europa League.

It shows how difficult a competition the Champions League is with the quality of teams that could drop down.

The ideal draw may well be Sheriff Tiraspol, even though they managed to defeat Real Madrid in the group stages.

The draw will be held on 13 December, with Rangers fans having European football to look forward to after Christmas.

UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Third Qualifying Round Draw
Rangers fans will hope for the best possible tie when the Europa League knockout round playoff draw takes place on 13 December. (Photo by Richard Juilliart – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Although, if the Gers end up drawing a Barcelona or a Dortmund, this season’s European run may well end at the next hurdle.

Meanwhile, Rangers’ current Europa League success has kept Scotland’s coefficient ahead of the chasing pack.

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