Shakhtar Donetsk’s shock victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday could be bad news for Glasgow Rangers.
Donetsk victory could have big implications
Donetsk defeated Madrid 2-0 in Ukraine to put themselves third in Group B. That means that they are still in with a chance of qualifying for the round of 16 – a win over Inter Milan will see them progress.
That is worrying for Steven Gerrard and co at Ibrox – Scotland and Ukraine are competing for an automatic Champions League qualifying spot for the 2022/23 season, and this latest victory puts the latter ahead in the coefficient rankings.
In Rangers’ own hands
The top 10 leagues in the coefficient rankings all receive an automatic spot into the group stages of Europe’s premier club competition – Scotland’s Premiership is currently sat in 11th. Shakhtar’s progression through to the next round of the Champions League would be a huge blow, and there could even be issues if they drop down to the Europa League and do well.
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Rangers’ fate, though, is in their own hands. If they progress deep into their current competition, they will likely put Scotland above Shakhtar anyway. And even if they do not manage to earn an automatic spot, there is still the chance of making it through in the qualifying rounds. For now, all they can do is take each game as it comes.
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