Rangers FINALLY have some company in Scottish football after both Hibs and Hearts at long, long, long last added some points to the national coefficient as both progressed in Europe on the same day.
It’s hard to even offer congratulations to either club, more relief in general that Rangers, at long long long last are not the only Scottish club actually achieving something in European competition.
Rangers have been single-handedly hiking the Scottish coefficient since 2018, following the appointment of Steven Gerrard. Every single season Rangers have added more and more points, and thanks to us and us alone, Scotland is 9th in the standings above some very good leagues indeed.
We are rated, thanks to Rangers’ endeavours, the 9th best league in Europe.
But… if Hibs and Hearts are to now start adding points, as their victories over Rosenborg and Luzern will allow, the coefficient gets stronger.
So what does that mean?
It means a lot of good things, especially for our club.
It means our clubs raise in Europe, in terms of competition spots. Possibly increased numbers of clubs/spots in all three European club competitions, meaning the top 6 could end up ALL going into Europe and not just the top 5.
It could also mean two group spots in the Champions League, the top two straight into the group stage.
And it could mean, hilariously, a third spot in the Champions League appearing if this level sustains. Two group spots and one qualifying slot. Imagine Aberdeen or Hearts in the UCL qualifiers?!
Plus promotion in qualifying start points for third, fourth, fifth place in the Europa League and Conference League (third already has UEL playoff round), making it easier for them to actually get into the group stage proper.
Is all this an overreaction?
Probably – but it’s what Rangers have done at this level for 5+ years now, and to finally have other Scottish clubs contributing something – there is a chance Aberdeen could actually make it to the group stage, and ultimately, that will benefit Rangers, as well as all other Scottish clubs.
So, yes, well done to both Hibs and Hearts. Keep it up, and get more points for Scotland. And that goes for Aberdeen too.
As for Celtic? Well they’ll get ruined in the Champions League so there’s no point in magnanimously wishing them the best is there…