RANGERS’ impressive Europa League run has landed them a top 10 spot for UEFA ranking points in all of Europe.
Stats published today rank the Ibrox outfit tenth for their contributions to Scotland’s UEFA coefficient ranking over the last five years.
They lie behind only a couple of teams not considered European powerhouses, such as RB Salzburg and Red Star Belgrade, but the rest of the top 10 is made up by the likes of Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Real Madrid.
The Ibrox side contributed a fantastic 17,075 to Scotland’s overall score, placing them above the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus.
Rangers’ point total represents just shy of half of Scotland’s total score, while Celtic make up 38 per cent, Aberdeen 8.4 per cent, and Hibernian 4.07 per cent. Motherwell, Kilmarnock, and Livingston round off the lower end.
This dominant display is largely owed to Rangers stunning charge to the Europa League final this year, as well as the last 16 stage last year.
Meanwhile, Celtic bombed out of three European competitions in fairly early stages this season.
Postecoglou’s men will look to bounce back thanks to their automatic Champions League group stage place via winning the league, with Rangers hoping to join them through the qualifiers.
Hearts will also be guaranteed European group stage football in either the Europa or Conference League and both Dundee United and Motherwell will be looking to increase the rankings of Scotland through the Conference League qualifiers.