Rangers are in line for a place as one of the seeded clubs in Champions League qualifying next season – increasing the Light Blues’ chances of making it through to the group stage and a €15million windfall.
The win over Antwerp in Thursday’s Europa League last 32 first leg allowed the Gers to gain enough coefficient points to overtake Bulgarian champions Ludogorets and take a seeded spot when they enter at the third qualifying stage.
Steven Gerrard’s side secured their return to Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since losing in qualifying in 2011 under Ally McCoist.
As things stand, potential opponents for the Light Blues are Ludogorets, Steaua Bucharest, Swedish champions Malmo, Legia Warsaw, Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova and, Celtic’s conquerors last season, Ferencvaros.
While the Gers will likely be seeded in the third qualifying round, progression to the playoff will almost certainly see the Gers unseeded in the final round before the group stage.
If Rangers do reach the playoff, possible opponents include Austrian champions RB Salzburg and the Turkish league winners – currently led by Galatasaray.
So far this season, the Light Blues have gone 10 games unbeaten in the Europa League and sit 90 minutes away from a place in the last 16 after beating Royal Antwerp 4-3 in Belgium last week.