RANGERS will face Monaco or PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League play-off – if, of course, they overcome Union Saint-Gilloise.

The Ibrox side, who are due to play the first leg of their qualifier in Belgium this evening, were paired with the French and Dutch giants in today’s draw.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, who were seeded in the ballot, are scheduled to play at home first in the tie if they can defeat the Belgians.

Last season’s Europa League runners-up – beaten in the penalty-kick shoot-out by Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville – are poised for the first hurdle with the return in Glasgow a week tonight.

The Govan club are walking a lucrative tightrope with a cash of bonus of around £40million due if they can gate-crash the group stages of Europe’s elite competition. If they are successful in their quest, the club will gain access to TV revenue, commercial deals, prize money and gate receipts.

There is also the consolation of a place in the Europa League sections for the fifth successive season if they are unsuccessful.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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