Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Steven Gerrard, Ange Postecoglou and Callum Davidson are getting ready for European qualifying matchesPremiership winners Rangers will deal with Malmo or HJK Helsinki in the Champions League 3rd certifying round.And Celtic will play PSV Eindhoven or Galatasaray if they beat Midtjylland in the 2nd qualifying round.Ange Postecoglous side satisfy the Danes in Tuesdays first leg in Glasgow and take a trip for the second leg on 28 July.And the loser of the PSV Eindhoven v Galatasaray tie will deal with Scottish Cup winners St Johnstone in the Europa League 3rd certifying round.Celtic, who have actually validated Callum McGregor as their brand-new club captain, will deal with Czech side Jablonec in the Europa League third qualifying round if they lose to Midtjylland.Swedes Malmo or Finlands HJK will host Steven Gerrards Rangers on 3 or 4 August, with the return at Ibrox on 10 August.Those would be the very same dates for Celtic in the third certifying round, with Dutch side PSV or Turkeys Galatasaray away in the 2nd leg. The Europa League third qualifying round dates are 5 August (first leg) and 12 August (2nd leg). Sides that win at the Champions League third qualifying round stage progress to the play-off round, which will be played over 17/18 and 24/25 August. The draw for the play-off round is 2 August.Losing sides at the 3rd qualifying round stage drop into the Europa League play-off round (19 and 26 August). Rangers have reached the last 16 of the Europa League for the past 2 seasons while Celtic were knocked out at the group stage of last seasons competition after a last-32 appearance the previous year.Scotland have actually not had a representative in the group phase of the Champions League because Brendan Rodgers side included there in season 2017-2018, with Rangers last making the group phase under Walter Smith in 2010-11. Nevertheless, the following season Malmo knocked Ally McCoists Rangers out at the certifying stage. The Ibrox side have no previous competitive meetings with HJK however did sign prolific scorer Alfredo Morelos from the Finnish side in 2017. St Johnstone, who likewise won last seasons League Cup, return to European competition for the first time in four years.

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