Rangers have edged ahead of Leicester and streaked clear of both West Ham and Celtic in a UEFA Europa League poll on Twitter.

The Gers were aiming to take part in the Champions League this season but were knocked out in the Third Qualifying Round by Malmo.

SL Benfica v Rangers: Group D - UEFA Europa League

Steven Gerrard is leading Rangers into a Europa League campaign for a fourth consecutive season. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

There’s still plenty of prestige and prize money to play for in the secondary competition, though, and a play-off round victory over Alashkert booked them a spot in Group A alongside Lyon, Brondby and Sparta Prague.

They are one of four British clubs to have reached the competition proper, with Premiership rivals Celtic and Premier League sides Leicester and West Ham all also involved.

The Hoops are in Group G with Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Ferencvaros, the Foxes are in Group C with Napoli, Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw and the Hammers are joining Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Wien in Group H.

Ahead of matchday one on Thursday, the official UEFA Europa League Twitter account asked its 8.5m followers which British team they thought would progress the furthest in the competition.

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Since the poll was posted on Monday morning, over 22k votes have been cast and the Light Blues are currently in the lead.

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Rangers are ahead of Leicester City, West Ham and Celtic in a Europa League poll. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

At the time of writing, Steven Gerrard’s side had received 33.9% of all votes, fractionally more than Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester, who had 33.0%.

 

West Ham were some way back with 22.7%, while Celtic were bottom of the pile with 10.4%.

The poll still has several days left to run, so the positions aren’t final, but only a dramatic change would see the Gers finish outside the top two.

After being knocked out of the competition at the Last 16 stage in each of the past two seasons, Rangers will be hoping to reach at least the quarter-finals this time around.

In other news, Rangers fans have urged their club to consider a move for a star player at a rival Premiership outfit.

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