Rangers will avoid some continental heavyweights if they end up in the Europa League group stage next season.
The Ibrox side have hopes of reaching the Champions League group stage as they enter UEFA’s premier competition at the third qualifying round stage.
But they fell at that hurdle against Malmo last season and dropped into the Europa League playoff where they defeated Alashkert to reach the group stage before going all the way to the Final.
However, the Ibrox side would go directly into the group stage this time around if they lose their qualifier in the second tier competition with next season’s Final being held in Budapest.
Rangers were in Pot 2 last season as they were drawn against Lyon, Sparta Prague and Brondby and negotiated that to make it all the way to Seville where they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt.
And the Light Blues have been boosted thanks to the rising co-efficient as it was revealed they would be in Pot 1 if they are in the Europa League group stage hat again.
That means they would definitely avoid newly-crowned Europa Conference League champions Roma and their bitter rivals Lazio as well as English Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal and Portuguese side Braga, who they defeated in the Europa League quarter finals.
Rangers will still hope they aren’t in that draw on August 26 as they look to instead join Celtic in the Champions League.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men could face Sturm Graz, Monaco, Union St Gilloise or the likes of AEK Larnaca, Fenerbahce or Midtjylland in the third round qualifier with PSV Eindhoven and Dynamo Kiev potential opponents in the playoff.