UEFA have confirmed that five Scottish teams will enter European competition next season, with two sides entering the Champions League qualifying process, the Scottish FA has announced today.
The winners of this season’s Scottish Premiership will enter the Champions Path at the Third Qualifying Round, with the runners-up headed into the League Path at the Second Qualifying Round.
The latter is traditionally much harder, with richer teams from bigger leagues around Europe the opponents, in comparison to the champions of lesser leagues in the Champions Route.
Four teams from the Champions Path enter the group stages, with just two entering from the League Path.
It’s added motivation for Celtic to win ten-in-a-row this season – as if they need it.
A failure to win the league this term could see Rangers have a favourable route to the riches of the Champions League group stages, helping them close the financial gap we’ve enjoyed over them in recent years.
Elsewhere, the Scottish Cup winners this term will enter the Europa League at the Third Qualifying Round.
The clubs who finish in third and fourth place of the Scottish Premiership will enter into the newly created UEFA Europa Conference League from the Second Qualifying Round.
The qualifiers for these competitions will all commence from July 2021, meaning a long summer gauntlet is on the cards again after this year’s truncated format.
Hopefully, the Bhoys are entering the Champions Path after a decade of dominance in Scotland.
There’s more on the line this season than silverware.