Rangers earned as many coefficient points as European giants Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund last season – and outranked Spanish giants goliaths Real Madrid.
Steven Gerrard’s side went on a monumental Euro run last season which only came to an end when they were defeated by Bayer Leverkusen in early August.
Rangers earned as many UEFA coefficient points this season as Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund (18.00), and more than Real Madrid (17.00).
Celtic (16.50) were not far behind them.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) August 12, 2020
According to ESPN’s Dale Johnson, the Gers achieved a score of 18.00 thanks to some massive wins against the likes of Legia Warsaw, Porto and Braga.
This is the same amount scored by Jurgen Klopp and Lucien Favre’s sides.
It’s also a point higher than the 17:00 gained by Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, who crashed out of Europe at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team.
Liverpool were sent packing by Atletico Madrid in this season’s Champions League whilst Dortmund crashed out to French giants PSG.
It’s indicative of the monumental rise of Scotland in the UEFA coefficient rankings with Rangers helping to catapult Scotland from 26th to 15th in just two seasons.
Steven Gerrard, the Rangers backroom staff and the Rangers team deserve massive credit for this achievement which will guarantee two Champions League qualification places for 20/21.
To give some added value to the achievement Rangers entered the Europa League at the first qualification stage last July.
This meant the Ibrox club had to go through four sets of qualifiers before they made the Group Stages proper and got out of a challenging group as fourth seeds.
The Gers finished second behind Portuguese side Porto from a group which also contained Dutch side Feyenoord and Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys.