Rangers’ five hardest potential Europa League opponents based on UEFA coefficient
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Rangers five hardest potential Europa League opponents

Rangers have reached the last 16 of the Europa League courtesy of a 4-2 win over Braga in the first knockout round, and ahead of today’s draw, we’ve looked at their five most difficult potential opponents, based on the UEFA club coefficient.

15 of the 16 teams through to the final stage have been confirmed, with a result still awaited from the clash between RB Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt after it was postponed due to extreme weather.

For reference, Rangers are ranked 94th by the coefficient.

Rangers are waiting to find out their next Europa League opponents after defeating Braga. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Manchester United – Ranking = 10

United may not carry the fear factor they once did, but they are the highest-ranked club remaining in this season’s competition. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sailed through Group L before convincingly dispatching Clube Brugge.

A 1-1 first-leg draw in Belgium was backed up by an emphatic 5-0 win at Old Trafford last night, although the scoreline was aided by an early red card for an opposition player.

Sevilla – Ranking = 11

Sevilla are the kings of the Europa League, having won the competition five times since 2006. Their last victory came in 2015/16 when they defeated Liverpool in the final.

The Spanish giants also cruised through their group, but were far from convincing against Cluj in the Round of 32, squeezing through on away goals with the tie locked 1-1 on aggregate.

Sevilla won their third consecutive Europa League title in 2016. (Photo by MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP via Getty Images)

Roma – Ranking = 15

Roma are a big name in European competition and took part in the Champions League last season. However, their 2019/20 form has been patchy. They currently lie fifth in Serie A and scraped through both the Europa League group stage and Round of 32.

Paulo Fonseca’s side drew 1-1 at Gent on Thursday evening to earn a narrow 2-1 aggregate victory in order to progress.

Shakhtar Donetsk – Ranking = 18

Shakhtar have good pedigree in Europe, as is suggested by their top 20 ranking. They dropped down into this competition from the Champions League, having only narrowly failed to qualify from a group which included Manchester City, Atalanta and Dinamo Zagreb.

They progressed from perhaps the most entertaining Round of 32 tie, defeating Benfica 5-4 on aggregate after earning a 3-3 draw in Portugal.

Shakhtar squeezed through by avoiding defeat at Benfica. (Photo by Henrique Casinhas/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Bayer Leverkusen – Ranking = 24

The German club are the fifth highest-ranked outfit remaining in the competition and they also dropped down from the Champions League, after finishing third in Group D behind both Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

After United, their progression was the most convincing of the teams listed here, as they dispatched Porto 5-2 on aggregate.

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