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Rangers, Burnley and Hibs discover potential Europa League play-off opponents

December 26, 2019

first_img 3 3 Rangers and Scottish Premiership rivals Hibernian could both face long trips to Russia in their quest to reach the Europa league group stage. getty Sean Dyche guided Burnley to their highest ever league finish last season to qualify for European football Steven Gerrard is hoping to lead Rangers to Europa League group stages for the first time since the 2010/11 season center_img Scottish champions Celtic will hope not to be involved as they bid to progress in the Champions League, but they will drop into the competition should they lose their next qualifier to AEK Athens.They would then play Spartaks Jurmala of Latvia or Lithuanian side Suduva in the Europa League play-offs.These play-off ties will be played over two legs on August 23 and 30. 3 Rangers, Hibs and English Premier League side Burnley have all discovered their potential opponents should they make it past the third round of qualifying.Steven Gerrard’s Gers have been drawn against Russian side Ufa or Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg in the play-off round, should they beat Maribor in their next qualifier.Hibernian face Molde in their third round tie, and they could face either Zenit St Petersburg or Dinamo Minsk of Belarus in the play-offs.Meanwhile Burnley, embarking on their first European campaign having finished seventh in the Premier League last season, will face Olympiakos or Lucerne if they beat Istanbul Basaksehir.The final line-up for the play-off round – from which the winners will advance to the group stages – will be determined after the third qualifying round, which begins this week. Also in the draw, Welsh side The New Saints learned they will play a side dropping out from the Champions League if they reach the play-offs.Should they beat Danish side Midtjylland, TNS will face Swedish team Malmo or Vidi of Hungary.Irish side Cork will take on Salzburg or Shkendija if they get past Rosenborg.last_img

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