Sport Rangers receive major seedings boost for Champions League return
Rangers receive injury boost before Killie clash, Gerrard now faces important dilemma - opinion
Glasgow Rangers could have Scott Arfield fit for their clash with Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday. What’s the word? The midfielder was absent for the Scottish Premiership draw at Hamilton Academical that saw Rangers surrender the lead. Arfield has missed the past seven weeks of action for the Light Blues having last played against Hibernian on Boxing Day due to an ankle injury.
Rangers are on course to be seeded in the third qualifying round of the Champions League when they make their return to European football’s elite tournament next season.
Last week’s dramatic 4-3 Europa League win over Royal Antwerp in Belgium has boosted the UEFA club coefficient of Steven Gerrard’s side, allowing them to leapfrog Bulgarian champions Ludogorets in the projected seedings for the champions qualifying path of Europe’s elite tournament in 2021-22.
As it stands, Rangers would now be one of the six seeded teams in the third qualifying round – the first of two rounds between them and the group stage.
Rangers leading the race to sign £1m-rated 13-goal ace, huge boost for Gerrard - opinion
Glasgow Rangers are leading the race to sign KV Oostende striker Fashion Sakala this summer. What’s the word? The 23-year-old is widely expected to leave the Belgian side and a host of sides are interested in taking him. According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Rangers are front-runners and they hope to agree a pre-contract move for the talented Zambian. Sakala only joined Oostende from Spartak Moscow back in 2018 but has seen his value skyrocket after catching the eye with a string of impressive performances.
Based on current domestic league placings, Rangers’ six potential unseeded opponents in the draw would be Ludogorets, Steaua Bucharest of Romania, Swedish champions Malmo, Polish title holders Legia Warsaw, Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova and Hungarian champions Ferencvaros.
Video: Steven Gerrard praises players' preparation ahead of Antwerp clash (Daily Record)
If Rangers progress to the play-off round, they will almost certainly be unseeded. Potential opponents at that stage would include Austrian champions Salzburg.
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