Rangers to face Malmo or Helsinki, Celtic and St Johnston could meet PSV or Galatasaray
Premier League winners Rangers will face either Malmo or Helsinki Helsinki in the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
And the Celtic Eindhoven or Galatasaray will play if they beat Midtjylland in the second qualifying round.
Ange Postecoglou’s side meet the Danes in the first leg on Tuesday in Glasgow and travel for the second leg on July 28.
The loser of the Eindhoven match against Galatasaray will face the Scottish Cup winners St. Johnston In the third preliminary round of the European League.
Celtic, who have confirmed Callum McGregor as captain of the new club, will meet Czech Republic’s Jablonec in the third round of qualifying for the European League if they lose to Midtjylland.
Sweden’s Malmo or Finn’s HJK will host Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on August 3 or 4, with a return in Ibrox on August 10.
Those will be the same dates with Celtic in the third qualifying round, with PSV Eindhoven or Turkey’s Galatasaray out in the second leg. The dates for the third qualifying rounds of the European League are August 5 (first-leg) and August 12 (second-leg).
The parties that won the third preliminary round of the UEFA Champions League advance to the play-off round which will be held on 17/18 and 24/25 August. The draw for the play-off is August 2nd.
The losing team in the third round of qualifying moves to the play-off round of the European League (August 19 and 26).
Rangers have reached the Europa League last 16 in the past two seasons while Celtic were eliminated from the group stage in last season’s competition after appearing in the round of 32 the previous year.
Scotland have not had a Champions League group stage appearance since Brendan Rodgers’ side appeared there in the 2017-18 season, with Rangers last reaching the group stage under Walter Smith in 2010-11.
However, the following season, Malmö ousted goalkeeper Ally McCoist from the playoffs stage. Ibrox has not had any previous competitive meetings with HJK, but signed prolific striker Alfredo Morelos from the Finnish side in 2017.
St Johnston, who also won the League Cup last season, returned to the European Championship for the first time in four years.