Rangers: Pundit drops 'enormous' UCL claim after what he's seen

By Danny Mills

7th May, 2022 | 1:28pm

Rangers news: Pundit shares 'enormous' claim after what he's seen

Danny Mills has claimed Rangers will have no problems qualifying for the Champions League group stage after their European exploits this term.

The former England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed qualification would be “enormous” for Scottish football.

Rangers can qualify for next season’s Champions League group stage if they beat Eintracht Frankfurt in this month’s Europa League final (18 May) – but will otherwise enter the third qualifying round.

Celtic, who are six points clear atop the Scottish Premiership, can tie up a place in the group stage by winning the league title.

According to Uefa distribution data, each side in the group stages earns at least £13.2million in prize money – with the potential to boost that windfall with every draw or win in the competition.

Mills insisted qualification would allow the Old Firm rivals to attract the “top players”.

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“You’re looking at teams like FC Zurich in these qualifying games,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“It’s teams that Rangers should be beating unless they get a really unfortunate draw.

“There’s no reason why they shouldn’t qualify after seeing some of the performances they have put in during their Europa League run.

“They shouldn’t have lost against Malmo this season.

“It’d be enormous to have both sides in the Champions League group stage, and brilliant for Scottish football. Rangers and Celtic can attract top players, and that’d put more focus on Scotland.

“The knock-on effect will trickle all the way down the pyramid.”

Rangers last qualified for the Champions League group stage in the 2010-11 season.

The Ibrox club reached the semi-final of the European Cup during the 1959-60 season.

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