Rangers in dashed Champions League hope as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus face the music
Remember the European Super League? What a few days that was.
The ill-fated concept may have largely slipped out of the news cycle but, believe it or not, there are three clubs still clinging on.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have yet to officially withdraw and it’s landed them in bother with UEFA.
The governing body have opened disciplinary proceedings against the trio and Spanish outlet Cadena COPE report they could face a two-year ban from the Champions League.
Such a punishment would obviously open up group stage slots, slots which would need to be filled.
The nations ranked 1-11 in UEFA’s country coefficient ranking take next season’s automatic Champions League slots, but with the aforementioned three out of contention it was speculated the door could be opened for Rangers.
With Scotland rising to 14th, there was hope one of the three places could be passed to the next three countries in line.
However, Cadena report the countries themselves wouldn’t be stripped of their places in the group stage.
It’s reported Real Madrid and Barelona would lose their slots to Real Sociedad and Real Betis. Juventus, meanwhile, would be replaced by Napoli.
It means the Premiership champions will still have to navigate the perilous qualifiers if they want to return to the group stage.
Steven Gerrard’s side will start in the third round, set to kick off in early August.