Rangers set to benefit as UEFA make standings guarantee amid uncertainty - report
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Rangers set to benefit as UEFA make coefficient guarantee - report

The Daily Record reports that UEFA have guaranteed coefficient points gained this season will still stand even if their competitions are eventually scrapped, with Rangers set to benefit.

There’s lingering uncertainty about whether or not this season’s Champions League and Europa League campaigns will be completed.

Rangers are currently 3-1 down on aggregate against Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16 of the Europa League. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

UEFA have stressed they will attempt to end both competitions by late June, but the SPFL reportedly remains sceptical that any football will resume before August [BBC Scotland], with the possibility of competitions failing to finish still very real.

However, in a positive development, UEFA have reportedly stressed that current co-efficient standings will not be affected should both competitions be scrapped.

That could lead to major benefits for Rangers, who as the second-placed side in the Scottish Premiership, should gain a spot in the Champions League qualifiers.

Scotland are currently 14th in the coefficient rankings, with the top 15 nations guaranteed two Champions League qualifying spots and a Europa League qualifying place. From next season, there should also be two spots in qualifiers from the soon-to-be-launched UEFA Conference League.

The guarantee from UEFA should see Rangers in the Champions League qualifiers next season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Verdict

Rangers must be congratulated for their work to raise Scotland’s coefficient this season, with impressive victories over Porto, Feyenoord and Braga all helping the nation to move inside the top 15.

The Europa League has gained greater prestige in recent seasons and Rangers’ run to the last 16 has been a great experience for players, coaching staff and fans alike.

However, the Champions League is the ultimate club competition and a return of its famous anthem to Ibrox would be a sign that the Gers are well and truly back.

Naturally, a spot in the qualifying rounds doesn’t guarantee that Steven Gerrard’s men will reach the competition proper.

Yet, given the club’s record in qualifying fixtures since he’s been at the helm, they’ll be confident in taking on anyone, especially at Ibrox.

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