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04 Jan 2017 13:28:27
yes cullin72.im an eastender, i usually post on the celtic forum on this site but I read the rangers rumours and banter, a lot of good bloggers on it. saw the original post and thought bears would find my post interesting. no malice at all.

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04 Jan 2017 12:08:46
A mini blog on what it's going to take for Dave King's plan of Europa League funds to bring solvency

Rangers have a number of obstacles to overcome before getting access to Europa League Group Stage monies.

A) They have to finish 2nd or 3rd in the SPL………. That looks probable at this time

B) They could qualify by winning the Scottish Cup……. That is much more of a long shot

C) Should they qualify either through A) or B) then they have to gain a UEFA licence

D) Rangers do not have automatic entitlement to a UEFA Licence . The SFA would have apply for Rangers under the exemption basis.

The discussion over whether Rangers would be appropriate for an exemption could and would last for ever. The SFA though have to decide whether Rangers merit achievement is considered worthy given the huge losses incurred and the view that exemptions are meant for clubs outside of a National Top Tier. I don’t propose here to debate the merits of Rangers being awarded a UEFA Licence, just to point out it’s not automatic and it’s highly sensitive. Not to mention that if the Supreme Court rule against Rangers or refuse to hear the appeal, the pressure on the SFA increases enormously.

Assuming though that all of the above is negotiated and Rangers enter the Europa League Qualifying in 2017-18, then here’s what they can expect to have to overcome before they get any access to Group Stage funds.

1 ) Rangers would enter in the 1st Qualifying Round if awarded a Uefa Licence. The coefficient awarded would be exactly the same for any Scottish Club who haven’t earned points in their own right in the last 5 years. This would result in Rangers being unseeded from the outset.

Using the current season as an example, these are the opponents Rangers could face in Q1

Stabæk IF, Linfield Belfast, FK Ventspils, FC Midtjylland, Víkingur, Brøndby IF, Dinamo Minsk, Kalju Nomme, Shamrock Rovers

Some tricky ties there and Rangers would not be favorites against all of those clubs

2) Assuming the draw was favorable and / or form was good, this is what would await in Q2 ( based on 2016-17)

(FK Aktobe), (Brøndby IF), (Shakhtior Saligorsk), (HJK Helsinki), Austria Wien, PAS Giannina, (Slovan Bratislava), (IFK Göteborg), (Omonia Nicosia), NK Maribor, (Admira Wacker), (FK Ventspils), (DVSC Debrecen), (Maccabi Tel-Aviv), Hajduk Split, BK Häcken

Again a lot of difficult ties there, and it’s debatable whether Rangers would be favorite against more than 2 or 3 of those clubs


3) Assuming the draw was again favorable and / or form was good, this is what would await in Q3 ( based on 2016-17)

AZ Alkmaar, FK Krasnodar, (Partizan Belgrade), Sassuolo, Rio Ave, (Omonia Nicosia) , AA Gent, Slovan Liberec, West Ham United, (FC Midtjylland), (HJK Helsinki), Apollon Limassol


We are now deep into underdog territory, however if Rangers prevailed, this is who they would face in Q4 (final qualifying round )


Shakhtar Donetsk Ukr
Olympiakos Gre
Anderlecht Bel
AZ Alkmaar Ned
Fenerbahçe Tur
Sparta Praha Cze
PAOK Thessaloniki Gre
Racing Genk Bel
BATE Borisov Bls
AS Saint-Étienne Fra
AA Gent Bel
FK Krasnodar Rus
Rapid Wien Aut
Slovan Liberec Cze
NK Maribor Slo
Maccabi Tel-Aviv Isr
Austria Wien Aut
West Ham United Eng
Panathinaikos Gre
FC Midtjylland Den
Sassuolo Ita
Qarabag Azb

Getting Europa League Group Stage monies is going to be incredibly challenging for Rangers. To add a little context, for Celtic to get that amount all it will take is for Southampton to sell Van Djik.

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