With Rangers holding a comfortable lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, it has given the Ibrox club an inadvertent boost in the Europa League.

With the domestic competition going well Rangers can afford to rest some of their key stars ahead of crunch Europa League games with anything possible at Ibrox this season.

Aberdeen v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be well aware that the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership will allow him to plan better for Europa League matches. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The rest between the last Europa League match in mid-December – which a rotated Rangers squad won 2-0 in Poland against Lech Poznan – and the next tie against Royal Antwerp in mid February will allow the club to catch a breather.

Rangers performed admirably in the group stages of this year’s competition and remain unbeaten in the Europa League this season.

Heading into the rest of December and January few could have predicted that the club would be in such a comfortable position in Scotland.

Barring a disaster, Rangers are in the strongest position they’ve been in for a decade to go on and lift a legendary 55th title but by proxy, it allows the club to suitably focus on European football.

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With Rangers harbouring ambitions to go deep into the competition this will allow the Gers to rest players or plan ahead with one eye on the knockout stages.

It’s a luxury many wouldn’t have believed we’d have at the early part of this season but any notion European success could be sacrificed for domestic gain is now a pointless one.

Rangers’ incredible domestic form, coupled with Celtic’s capitulation this season, has provided Steven Gerrard with a welcome European safety net.

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The Rangers backroom staff deserve every credit for turning Rangers into a competitive European side again and they will be hoping to test themselves in the competition this season. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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