Rangers will face Swiss Servette or Belgium’s KRC Genk after the Champions League QR3 draw – with Ibrox eyes also wandering to the upcoming Club World Cup.
The Gers welcome the winner of the duel between Servette and Genk in Ibrox for the first leg in the third round of the Champions League qualification on August 8 or 9.
Following the Champions League draw, it has been confirmed that Rangers will travel to Switzerland or Belgium for the second leg a week later on August 15.
Servette and Genk will play their Champions League QR2 clash next week, with the first leg this week in Switzerland (25/07) and the return leg next week in Belgium (02/08).
Should Rangers beat Servette or Genk in Champions League QR3, they will enter the draw for the Playoff round where a significantly bigger challenge can await.
But even with the lure of Champions League football on the hook of these qualifiers, a bigger prize awaits Rangers in the US if this season’s European heroics match recent campaigns.
Champions League draw may be an additional fee for the World Club Cup
That’s because Rangers are currently lining up to compete in the inaugural 32-team Club World Cup Championships in the US, set to take place in 2025.
Of the 32 teams that will take part, twelve will be from the European competition, with Rangers currently lining up to secure a spot. The rest of the teams will be made up of teams from five of the world’s other continents.
With only one team per national association able to enter, and including the last four Champions League winners, Rangers’ recent European exploits will earn them a place in the tournament, which is said to have a cash prize pool of £50 million. [Scotsman].
Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man City are already guaranteed a place, with Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Roma, Villareal, PSG, Benfica, Ajax and Rangers the next teams by coefficient points earned since 2021.
Rangers have 38,000 coefficient points and will have to perform again this season, knowing that Club Brugge of Belgium with 35,000, Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia with 33.00 and Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine with 31,000 are breathing down their necks.
After the draw for the Champions League, Rangers fans will eagerly await the duel between Servette and Genk, with the situation surrounding the World Cup for club teams providing extra dynamism in European football this season.
If Rangers are serious about making it to the league in the US, then they need to put up a solid fight on the mainland this season, with Champions League qualification having ramifications far beyond these shores.
Adblock test (Why?)