Champions League: Scotland wins two places for 2021-22 season


Celtic have been the sole representative of Scotland’s Champions League in the past six seasons and will be again this quarter

Scotland will have two Champions League spots next season after clinching a spot in the top 15 in the UEFA coefficient rankings.

The top two in the Scottish Premiership at the end of this period will qualify.

Rangers’ Europa League loss to Bayer Leverkusen means Scotland cannot climb higher than their current 14th.

But the exit of Olympiakos at the hands of wolves ends Greece’s interest in Europe and means that only Switzerland is now able to improve Scotland’s tally.

Basel are the only Swiss team left – they have reached the last eight in the Europa League – but would likely have to win the competition for their nation to usurp Scotland.

Neither Scottish representative would go straight into the group stages, but staying ahead of the Swiss could spare the Premiership champions an extra qualifying round.

For example, the nation ranked 14th for this season – Croatia – will have their teams in the third and second qualifying rounds.

Scotland will also win a third place in the Europa League qualifying round for the 2021 Scottish Cup winners, as well as two places in the second qualifying round of the new Europa Conference League for the teams that finish third and fourth in the Premiership this season.

This season has been Scotland’s second best in coefficient points gained, thanks to Rangers and Celtic reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League.


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