RANGERS captain Lee Wallace revealed he was envious of Celtic’s Champions League involvement on Wednesday.
The Ibrox side trail Brendan Rodgers’ side in the Premiership by seven points having played a game more.
However, left-back Wallace has not given up hope it will be his side running out on Europe’s biggest stage next term.
He admitted: “I watched Barcelona-Manchester City and, of course, there is envy. You want to be playing at those levels.
“That’s why I came to this club. That’s why a number of guys have signed for this club. As a Rangers player that’s where you want to be.
“But we know how we’re going to get there. It will take hard work, but, hopefully, this time next season we’re in a similar position.”
Wallace and his team-mates are now preparing for the Betfred League Cup semi-final showdown against the Hoops at Hampden on Sunday.
Despite last month’s 5-1 Parkhead defeat, the international full-back has been boosted by recent wins over Partick Thistle and Inverness Caley Thistle and insisted his team will not be walked over so easily on this occasion.
Wallace added: “Of course, Celtic will be disappointed after the Munchengladbach result. They’ve had some really tough fixtures with their Champions League opponents.
“They are in a tough group with some elite teams, but I’m sure they will be ready for Sunday in the same way we are prepared for it.
“We’re definitely in a better place than the last game. We’re feeling a lot better about ourselves.
“We’ve got some good momentum behind us. The last two results have been two clean sheets and performances have been starting to gather. We learn lessons from every game.”