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Men's Football Rangers and Hibs learn Europa League qualifying fate

RANGERS and Hibernian could both face trips to Russia in their quests to reach the group stage of the Europa League.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will have to play Russian side Ufa or Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg in the play-off round should they see off Maribor in their next qualifier.

Hibs will face Zenit St Petersburg or Dinamo Minsk if they beat Molde while Premier League side Burnley, if they get past Istanbul Basaksehir, will face Olympiakos or Lucerne.

The draw for the play-off round, from which the winners will advance to the group stage, was made at Uefa’s Nyon headquarters today. Its final make-up will be determined after the third qualifying round, which begins this week.

Scottish champions Celtic will hope not to be involved as they bid to progress in the Champions League but, they will drop into the competition should they lose their next qualifier to AEK Athens. They would then play Spartaks Jurmala of Latvia or Lithuanian side Suduva.

The play-off ties will be played over two legs on August 23 and 30.

Also in the draw, Welsh side The New Saints learned they will play a side dropping out from the Champions League if they beat Danish side Midtjylland. Swedish team Malmo or Vidi of Hungary would be their next opponents.

Irish side Cork will take on Salzburg or Shkendija if they get past Rosenborg.

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