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European coefficient seedings boost for Scotland

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A late goal by Aiden McGeady helped cement two places for Scotland in the 2012/13 Champions League.

McGeady's Spartak Moscow beat Europa League opponents Basle on aggregate, a result likely to keep Scotland ahead of Switzerland in coefficient rankings.

The 2012/13 places are calculated on results in seasons 2006/07 to 2010/11.

Scotland are provisionally in 15th place, while Switzerland, who have no teams left in European competition, are in 16th place.

The 15th-placed country is given two Champions League places, but 16th only receives one.

Scotland were in 16th place for the current season, which means only the Scottish Premier League champions will enter Europe's premier club tournament next season.

Rangers' recent Champions League campaign, in which they finished third in their group, and progress to the last 16 of the Europa League, via an away goals victory over Sporting on Wednesday, have strengthened Scotland's coefficient.

Former Celtic winger McGeady struck an injury-time leveller on the night against Basle to help the Russian side to a 4-3 aggregate win.

Another Swiss team, Young Boys, also exited the Europa League at the last 32 stage to Russian opposition, losing 4-3 on aggregate to Zenit St Petersburg.

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