Rangers face potential clash with Monaco or PSV in Champions League play-offs

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Paris (AFP)- Rangers, last season’s Europa League runners-up, will need to beat Monaco or PSV Eindhoven to clinch a place in the Champions League group stage, provided they get through the third qualifying round first.

The Scottish giants will face Union Saint-Gilloise de Bruxelles, last season’s second surprise in the Belgian top flight, in the first leg of their third qualifying round on Tuesday.

Should the Glasgow club overcome this tie, they would face a daunting two-way showdown against either Monaco or PSV later this month.

Monaco, who will host PSV in the first leg of the third qualifying round later on Tuesday, finished third in Ligue 1 last season, narrowly missing out on second place and an automatic place in the Champions League group stage. on the last night of the French campaign.

PSV appointed former striker Ruud van Nistelrooy as their new coach and beat Ajax 5-3 in the Dutch Super Cup last weekend.

Rangers lost to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final last season but haven’t featured in the Champions League group stage since 2010/11.

All but one of six draws at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday depend on the results of third qualifying round matches this week and next.

The only exception is the draw between Danish champions FC Copenhagen and Trabzonspor, who won a first Turkish title since 1984 last season.

Teams that have won their domestic leagues are paired in the qualifying rounds and separated from clubs that entered the competition despite a lower league standing.

The six winners of the play-off round will join the 26 automatic qualifiers in the draw in Istanbul for the group stage on August 25.

This season’s Champions League final will be played in the Turkish city on June 10 next year.

UEFA Champions League play-off draw:

Qarabag (AZE) or Ferencvaros (HUN) against Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA) or Viktoria Plzen (CZE)

Bodo/Glimt (NOR) or Zalgiris Vilnius (LTU) against Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) or Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Maccabi Haifa (ISR) or Apollon Limassol (CYP) against Red Star Belgrade (SRB) or Pyunik (ARM)

FC Copenhagen (DEN) – Trabzonspor (TUR)

Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) or Sturm Graz (AUT) against Benfica (POR) or Midtjylland (DEN)

Union Saint-Gilloise (BEL) or Rangers (SCO) against Monaco (FRA) or PSV Eindhoven (NED)

– First legs on 16/17 August, return matches on 23/24 August

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