Rangers have been confirmed, for now, a pot 4 CL side in next season’s competition, assuming they negotiate the qualifiers.
Gio’s men will be top seed among the pot 4 sides, with the highest co-efficient, but sadly miss out on that fabled pot 1 slot that Frankfurt secured for the UEL triumph.
With a co-efficient of 50.250 they were less than 3 off making the third pot as things stand, such have been the incredible Euro exploits of Gio’s side, and ironically, Frankfurt’s coefficient is only 11 more than Rangers, and is infinitely lower than most pot 1 sides aside AC Milan (with a lowly 38 coefficient), who benefit from the new format UCL this season.
For those who don’t know, the UCL has been changed in its seeding system, with pot 1 now only for champions of their country and the UEL winners, meaning some very strong sides are now in pot 2 and 3 that would normally be in pot 1.
Chelsea, Dortmund, Inter and Atletico who would be pot 1 sides in previous seasons now find themselves lower, so there are tougher sides spread out the 3 top pots than normal.
And that seeding means Rangers will face a tougher competition should they get to the group stage, as a pot 4 side – ASSUMING Benfica do too – if Benfica fail to make it through the qualifiers, and Rangers make it, Rangers will go up a pot to 3, and that would be very welcome.
But, hey, it’s all about getting there.
We will say this – no one will want to draw Rangers next season at all.