As Celtic crashed out of the Champions League 5-4 on aggregate against CFR Cluj last night, Rangers fans can be forgiven for having a little titter at their expense.

OK, more like a loud guffaw.

But away from the fact our rivals miss out on the £20m+ for playing in Europe’s elite competition, it also undeniably helps our league campaign.

Dan Petrescu has gone some way to making up for hammering Rangers 4-1 as Unirea Urziceni boss in 2009. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Should Celtic now qualify for the Europa League – something which isn’t a given against AIK Stockholm of Sweden (who lead Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova 2-1 from the first leg of QR3) – they’ll be playing Thursdays and Sundays on weeks when the competition is running.

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The same can be said for Rangers – should we qualify – and had Celtic reached the land of milk and honey that is the Champions League it would’ve put us at a disadvantage.

The frustrating schedule doesn’t just disrupt players who are used to playing on Saturdays, but also fans.

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Trips to Ibrox or beyond on the day of rest don’t have the same buzz and atmosphere of a Saturday afternoon, no matter what way you swing it.

Playing on a Tuesday in the Champions League would guarantee you an extra day’s rest before a weekend match too.

Not only that, but the Europa League can be notorious for sending sides to far-flung locations with little chance to recover in between.

Steven Gerrard will know Celtic’s exit hands Rangers an advantage. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So whilst the tears of our rivals are sweet and the fact they’ve missed out on a gargantuan sum of money helps bridge the gap between us and them, their upcoming fixtures won’t hand them a league advantage.

Oh, and it’s a pretty damning psychological blow for our Old Firm rivals too. The pressure has already began to mount.

Neil Lennon will be feeling it already.

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