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Rangers need win at Bursaspor for Europa League seeding

Rasngers forward Steven Naismith
Steven Naismith scored the winner for Rangers against Bursaspor

Rangers seem likely to require victory over Bursaspor in their final Champions League match on Tuesday to be seeded in the Europa League round of 32 draw.

The four best third-placed teams in the Champions League will be seeded in the draw, along with the 12 group winners from the Europa League group stage.

Rangers are not among the four best third-placed teams, but a win in Turkey could elevate them to that status.

The Scottish champions secured a 1-0 win when the clubs met at Ibrox.

Rangers secured a third-place finish in their Champions League group in the fifth round of matches, despite losing 1-0 to Manchester Utd.

Bursaspor's 6-1 defeat by Valencia consigned the Turks to bottom place in Group C.


Some of the clubs seeded for the draw include Liverpool, German giants Stuttgart, who played Rangers in last season's Champions League and Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, who Walter Smith's side eliminated from the 2007-8 Uefa Cup.

Czech champions Sparta Prague, Young Boys of Bern and Turkish side Besiktas are the only clubs currently in the unseeded pot, while FC Twente of the Netherlands and Spartak Moscow join Rangers in parachuting into the competition from the Champions League.

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see also
Rangers 0-1 Man United
24 Nov 10 |  Europe
Rangers 1-0 Bursaspor
29 Sep 10 |  Rangers

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