The first qualifying round of the Europa League for Glasgow Rangers will be on Thursday July 11, with the return leg only one week later on July 18.

The Europa League consists of the preliminary round, then the Gers start in the first round games and hopefully get through for the second and third to start the season off to a flyer.

If Rangers make the playoff round and into the group stages, that’s when the good money really starts to accumulate.

A total of 94 teams will make it to the Europa League first qualifying round with Rangers, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen (due to Celtic winning the Scottish Cup), in this year’s competition.

The 47 home and away winners will reach the second qualifying round, and let’s hope all three Scottish teams get through to the next round.

Rangers and Aberdeen will be seeded for the second qualifying round, so they will avoid some dangerous opponents if they progress further.

The second qualifying round will take place on Thursday July 25, with the return game a week later.

Hopefully, Steven Gerrard will have four European competitive games under his belt before his new Rangers side starts their league program.

The first SPFL games for Rangers are on Sunday August 4 and Sunday August 11.

Premier League team Wolves, Dutch side Feyenoord and Spain’s Espanyol could meet Rangers in the third qualifying round, due to being unseeded for the round.

If Rangers get through again – the third qualifying round starts on Thursday August 8, with the return leg on Thursday August 15.

Rangers third league match will be played on August 17 or 18.

Play-off round gets drawn on August 5, with first leg to be played on Thursday August 22 and the return fixture seven days later.

The 12 group stage draw will be held on Friday August 30.

UEFA Europa League Group Stage consists of 48 teams separated into four teams split into 12 different groups. The games will start on Thursday September 19.

The final will be  played on Wednesday May 27, 2020, in Gdansk, Poland in the Stadion Energa.


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