Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants Scottish sides to do more to help boost the coefficient after the Gers and bitter rivals Celtic took Scotland to the brink of an extra Champions League place.
Scotland have been one of the top-performing nations in Europe over the last two seasons but Gerrard doesn’t think the responsibility should come solely down to the Old Firm.
The Gers boss admits that it helps “everyone in the bigger picture” when Scottish sides do well in Europe and wants teams to do “everything the can” to improve it.
“I don’t think it is just us two, I think it is whoever has the opportunity to qualify for Europe,” Gerrard told the Evening Times.
“You obviously have to focus on your club and do everything you can to work towards improving the co-efficient and improving Scottish football, but collectively whoever gets the opportunity to fight in Europe has to do everything they can to improve it because it helps everyone in the bigger picture.”
With the likes of Aberdeen, Hibs and Kilmarnock going out of Europe early in the last few seasons, the other sides have barely contributed to the coefficient and it’s no surprise Scotland fell so far without Rangers in Europe.
Hopefully, the ongoing campaign can help get that extra Champions League place and help push standards up across the board.
With at least two games left for Rangers this season, there is still plenty of opportunities to add more points and continue to boost the Scottish game.