Europa League and Conference League draws: Rangers to face Borussia Dortmund in EL play-off round

Rangers have been drawn to face Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League knockout round play-offs.

The Scottish Premiership champions progressed to the first knockout stage of UEFA’s secondary competition by finishing as runners-up to Lyon in the group phase.

The draw represents a tough challenge for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, with Norway striker Erling Haaland and England midfielder Jude Bellingham in the Borussia Dortmund squad.

Dortmund, who sit second in Bundesliga, were one of eight teams to drop out of the Champions League, having finished behind Ajax and Sporting Lisbon in Group C.

The other standout tie sees Barcelona against Napoli.

Barcelona failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2003-04, when the La Liga side competed in the UEFA Cup.

Napoli, winners of the competition in 1989, progressed from a Europa League group which included Leicester, who they beat 3-2 in the final group game in Naples.

Europa League play-off draw

Sevilla v Dinamo Zagreb

Atalanta v Olympiacos

RB Leipzig v Real Sociedad

Barcelona v Napoli

Zenit St Petersburg v Real Betis

Borussia Dortmund v Rangers

Sheriff Tiraspol v Braga

Porto v Lazio

When are the play-off ties?

The first legs of the play-off ties will be played on February 17, with the return fixtures a week later on February 24.

Europa League group winners already into last 16

Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco, West Ham, Spartak Moscow, Eintracht Frankfurt, Red Star Belgrade, Galatasaray

What is the play-off round?

Instead of a round of 32, the eight second-placed teams will meet one of the eight sides finishing third in their respective Champions League groups in a two-legged play-off round in February.

Those eight teams will join the eight Europa League group winners in the last 16 in March.

The teams who finish third in their Europa League groups will also see their European seasons extended for the first time, with those eight sides facing one of the eight sides who finished second in the Europa Conference League group stage for a place in the last 16 of that competition.

Europa Conference League

Play-off draw to follow – takes place at 1pm GMT today

Who dropped down from Europa League?

Celtic
Fenerbahce
Leicester
PSV
Sparta Prague
Marseille
Rapid Vienna
Midtjylland

Conference League group winners already into last 16

LASK, Gent, Roma, AZ, Feyenoord, Copenhagen, Rennes, Basel

Who could Celtic or Leicester face in play-offs?

Bodo/Glimt
Maccabi Tel Aviv
PAOK
Partizan Belgrade
Qarabag
Randers
Slavia Prague
Vitesse/Tottenham*

Tottenham will feature in draw although outcome of postponed match against Rennes yet to be decided by UEFA.





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