By Ben Brown

3rd May, 2022 | 7:40pm

Rangers in huge Champions League boost after latest developments

Rangers’ efforts to qualify for the Champions League group phase have been boosted by confirmation they will be seeded in both qualifying rounds.

The Bears have all but conceded automatic qualification for Europe’s elite competition to rivals Celtic after only drawing in the last Old Firm of the season last weekend but this latest update will provide extra optimism they can successfully navigate through the qualifiers.

As it stands Giovanni van Bronckhorsts side will be the second highest-ranked club in those stages report the Scottish Daily Express (3 May), meaning that they will avoid some of the tougher draws on paper.

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Whilst there is disappointment amongst fans that Rangers seem to have relinquished their Scottish Premiership crown to Celtic after only one season these latest developments can at least give belief in a successful future.

Given the club’s success in Europe this season it seems a small price to pay and the longer-term benefits of such a run could provide a greater platform with which van Bronckhorst can deliver trophies on a consistent basis.

At worst the Gers’ will qualify for next season’s Europa League group stages if they lose in the third qualifying round, the stage at which they enter the process, so the situation isn’t quite as bleak as some with a glass half empty would make you believe.

And of course, they still face a chance of qualifying automatically for the Champions League group phase if they can squeeze past RB Leipzig on Thursday night and then pip West Ham or Eintracht Frankfurt to the Europa League crown in Seville.

Regardless of which way you look at it, Rangers look in a good spot ahead of the next campaign.

In other Rangers news, this Sky Sports pundit couldn’t help but be impressed by this star ahead of the clash against Leipzig.