Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

Steven Gerrard, Ange Postecoglou and Callum Davidson are preparing for European certifying matchesPremiership winners Rangers will face Malmo or HJK Helsinki in the Champions League 3rd qualifying round.And Celtic will play PSV Eindhoven or Galatasaray if they beat Midtjylland in the 2nd qualifying round.Ange Postecoglous side meet the Danes in Tuesdays first leg in Glasgow and take a trip for the 2nd 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 confirmed Callum McGregor as their new club captain, will face Czech side Jablonec in the Europa League third certifying 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 exact same dates for Celtic in the 3rd certifying round, with Dutch side PSV or Turkeys Galatasaray away in the second leg. The Europa League 3rd certifying round dates are 5 August (first leg) and 12 August (2nd leg). Sides that win at the Champions League third certifying round stage development 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 certifying round phase drop into the Europa League play-off round (19 and 26 August). Rangers have actually reached the last 16 of the Europa League for the past 2 seasons while Celtic were knocked out at the group phase of last seasons competition after a last-32 appearance the previous year.Scotland have actually not had an agent in the group phase of the Champions League given that Brendan Rodgers side included there in season 2017-2018, with Rangers last making the group stage under Walter Smith in 2010-11. The following season Malmo knocked Ally McCoists Rangers out at the qualifying stage. The Ibrox side have no previous competitive meetings with HJK but did sign respected scorer Alfredo Morelos from the Finnish side in 2017. St Johnstone, who likewise won last seasons League Cup, return to European competitors for the very first time in four years.

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