Rangers beat Porto 2-0 at Ibrox as Celtic recorded a 2-1 win away to Lazio last week in what was of the biggest European nights for Scottish football in a long, long time.

The wins made football people from across the continent wake up to the progress of the two sides in Europe this season.

But naturally, Rangers and Celtic fans have been arguing over which win is better than the other. Some things never change.

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Rangers recorded a huge Europa League win over Porto to hand them a real chance of qualification from Group G. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Whilst Rangers still have a little to go in order to qualify from their group, Celtic are already guaranteed European football after Christmas.

But it doesn’t give the whole story in terms of the challenge of each group.

The supporters of both clubs might love to gloat and boast when their rivals fail in Europe, but there’s plenty to be said about how the last round of European matches boosted Scotland’s coefficient.



Scotland now sits 16th, one place above 15th and getting two sides into the Champions League qualifiers.

By the same token, the club coefficient rankings give a huge insight into which group contained more European pedigree than the other.

In Rangers group, Porto sit 17th in the UEFA Rankings with 71.000 points, BSC Young Boys are in 58th with 24.500 points and Feyenoord are positioned 92 with 16.000. A total of 111.500 points.

Celtic enjoyed a huge win in Rome to scure their place in the next round of the competition. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic’s Europa League rivals Lazio sit 34th with 39.000, Stade Rennais sit in 111th with 12.000 and Cluj are in 134th with 8.5000. A total of 59.500.

That’s a difference of 52.000 coefficient points.

If we’re really going to bring the success of both sides in Europe this season down to a debate over who has the harder group, is there even a debate at all?

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