Rangers could face NI club, Celtic's 2016 humiliators or old foes in EL qualifying
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Rangers could face Coleraine in Europa League qualifying

Rangers could face Coleraine, former Celtic destroyers Lincoln Red Imps or old foes Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League second qualifying round.

The first round was completed on Thursday night, with fellow Premiership clubs Aberdeen and Motherwell sailing through courtesy of victories over NSI Runavik and Glentoran, respectively.

Motherwell defeated Glentoran 5-1 to progress. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now, Rangers enter the fray ahead of the second round, with one-leg ties set to take place on 17 September.

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The Gers, the Dons and ‘Well are all seeded for this next stage, meaning they can only be drawn against unseeded teams.

As a result, Steven Gerrard’s side theoretically have 36 potential opponents, although it’s thought to be more likely that the Scottish teams will be drawn against clubs from nations with which airbridges are currently in place.

A full list of potential opponents is provided below courtesy of Here we go! – The Aberdeen FC Podcast and we’ve picked out three particularly interesting possible ties.

Coleraine FC

The Northern Irish club defied the odds, pulling off a shock victory over Maribor to reach this stage.

The Bannsiders drew their one-off fixture in Slovenia 1-1 and when extra-time didn’t produce a winner, penalties were required. After eight successful spot-kicks, Vancas Pozeg missed for the hosts and Ben Doherty cooly slotted his home to spark scenes of jubilation.

Manager, Oran Kearney, went up against Rangers before during his time with St Mirren and he’d no doubt relish a shot at another giant-killing.

Oran Kearney’s Coleraine are possible opponents for Rangers. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Lincoln Red Imps

The Red Imps brought glee to many Gers supporters back in 2016 when they pulled off a massive upset, defeating Celtic 1-0 in Gibraltar in the first leg of a Champions League qualifier.

They haven’t had any equivalent highs in European competition since and their most recent domestic league season was abandoned due to the global health crisis.

However, they won the 2018/19 title and defeated teams from Kosovo and Luxembourg to reach this stage without conceding a goal.

The Gers could face a trip to Gibraltar to take on Lincoln Red Imps. (Photo credit should read MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images)

Progres Niederkorn

The Gers could theoretically come up against old foes Progres Niederkorn once again in this year’s competition.

Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers were humbled by the Luxembourger club in 2017 but Steven Gerrard’s side had no such problems last season, defeating Progres 2-0 over two legs at this stage of the competition.

Joe Aribo celebrates after netting for Rangers against Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Roland Vrabec’s side sat second in the domestic league table when the 2019/20 season was abandoned due to the global health crisis and they defeated Montenegrin club FK Zeta 3-0 in the first qualifying round.

Their name is faded in the below list, though, as there is no longer an airbridge between Scotland and Luxembourg, meaning it may be less likely that the Gers are drawn against Progres than a club from the likes of Greece or Norway.

The draw for the second qualifying round will take place on Monday 31st August.


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