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Sport Celtic and Rangers get Champions League boost as Scotland guaranteed two spots

01:40  07 august  2020
01:40  07 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Celtic and Rangers have an excellent opportunity to bolster Scotland ’s UEFA coefficient ranking this season and secure two places in the 2021/22 Champions League qualifying rounds. Slavia Prague’s 2 -1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday confirmed their exit from European competitions this

If those two teams got that far, Scotland would drop down into 16th place in the coefficient table as a result, meaning our qualification situation would remain as it is now. However, as stated previously, Rangers advancing to the quarter-final would guarantee two Champions League spots regardless

Scotland will have two Champions League teams from 2021-22 after guaranteeing a top 15 place in UEFA's coefficient ranking.

The exploits of Celtic and Rangers in this season's Europa League had Scotland in a strong position.

However, Neil Lennon 's side suffered a surprise exit to Copenhagen at the last 32 stage to reduce the Premiership participants to one.

It was then truly coefficient squeaky bum time as Rangers lost both games to Bayer Leverkusen.

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Celtic winning their last 16 tie against Copenhagen will guarantee Scotland 13th place in the UEFA coefficient rankings. The Glasgow teams' positive results in their respective first legs all-but secured a place in the coefficient top 15, which earns the nation a second Champions League qualifying spot .

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The total done over a five year average, with the season points divided by the number of clubs that entered European competition at the start of the season.

That meant a Rangers win in Germany would only have brought an extra 0.5 points toward the coefficient as four Scottish clubs entered.

Before the last 16 ties Scotland had a lead of 1.775 points over the Greek Superleague and 2.675 over the Swiss top flight.

Both would have had to overtake the Premiership for Scotland to fall out of the top 15.

Those nations both entered five teams into European competition and had one left, so Basel only added 0.4 with their win at Eintracht Frankfurt before the shutdown and Olympiakos' first leg draw with Wolves earned them 0.2.

But if Olympiakos had won their second leg against Wolves the gap to the Greek top flight would be down to just 0.775 points with a potential 1.2 on offer in the last eight.

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As it currently stands the Scottish league only gets one qualifying spot for the Champions League and whoever wins the Scottish Premiership still only enters through the first A re-structuring of the qualification for the Champions League would be a boost to both Celtic and Rangers , as they have

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Basel did progress with a 1-0 win, but Olympiakos were defeated 1-0 by Wolves.

That means Scotland cannot now be overtaken and will have two Champions League places from 2021-22.


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