Rangers are handed tough Champions League play-off draw

Rangers are handed tough Champions League play-off draw if they come through Union Saint-Gilloise clash, with Scottish side pitted against winner of Monaco vs PSV as they bid to reach group stage for first time in 10 years

  • Rangers have been drawn against AS Monaco or PSV in the Champions League
  • The Europa League finalists are due to face Union Saint-Gilloise in qualifying
  • The play-off tie will take over two legs on the dates of 16/17 and 23/24 of August 

Rangers have been handed a tough draw against the winners of either AS Monaco or PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League play-off round, should they progress.

The Europa League finalist are due to face Union Saint-Gilloise in the third qualifying round this evening.

The Ibrox side will travel to Belgium for the first leg of the third round qualifier, with the return fixture in Glasgow on August 9.

The Europa League finalist are due to face Union Saint-Gilloise in the third qualifying round

Rangers have been drawn against the winners of either Monaco or PSV in the play-off round

If Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side, who were seeded for the draw, are scheduled to be at home first in the play-off tie, if they beat Belgians Union Saint-Gilloise.

Should Rangers be unsuccessful in the third qualifying round, they will go into the Europa League for a fifth consecutive season, but if they are successful the play-off round ties will take place over two legs on 16/17 and 23/24 August.

It’s been over 10 years since Rangers qualified for the group stage of UEFA’s premier tournament and last year’s shock upset defeat to Malmo will no doubt still be fresh in the mind.

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side are scheduled to be at home first in the play-off tie

Defender Connor Goldson is focused on getting the job done against Union Saint-Gilloise

Defender Connor Goldson is focused on getting the job done against Belgian opposition first before casting eyes towards future Champions League ties on the continent.

He said: ‘I think it’s the pinnacle of football and the place where every player wants to play. But that wasn’t just the reason I signed my new contract.

‘Champions League football has been part of the agenda for the past few years. Last year we weren’t able to make it so hopefully this year we can and then make it a regular occurrence.

‘I think with the players we have brought in over the summer, when we play 11 v 11 in training it’s by far the strongest 22 players since I have been involved and we will need it for the season ahead.’



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