Rangers are finally back in the Champions League for the first time in a decade after this morning’s Third Qualifying Round draw took place in Nyon – and Steven Gerrard’s side can look forward to a clash with Malmö or HJK Helsinki.

The Light Blues face two rounds of qualifying to reach the Group Stages and will get their campaign underway next month.

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Rangers’ Champions League history stretches back to the inaugral running of the rebranded and revamped European Cup with the Light Blues one of eight sides in the first ever Group Stage in 1992/93.

The Gers’ last appearance in the competition came in 2010/11, losing to Malmö 2-1 on aggregate under Ally McCoist.

Having impressed in Europe in recent seasons under Gerrard, reaching the last 16 of the Europa League in successive seasons, the Light Blues will be confident they can make it through qualifying and land a financial windfall for the club.

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As the Light Blues were seeded in the draw, they avoided facing the likes of Slavia Prague and Crvena Zvezda.

The first leg takes place on August 3/4 away from home with the return leg on August 10 – and while fans may have fancied a trip abroad, UEFA have forbidden visiting fans from travelling to any games before the Group Stage.

Rangers won’t know which of the two they’ll face until next week with the first leg taking place on Wednesday.

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Before they get their European campaign underway, Rangers will face Livingston at Ibrox in their Scottish Premiership opener as the Light Blues unfurl the league flag for the first time since 2011.

Losing teams in the champions path – which includes Rangers – drop into the Europa League play-offs, from which the winners reach the Europa League Group Stage and the losers go into the Europa Conference League Group Stage.

That means Rangers will be guaranteed to play in one the Group Stage of one of the three European competitions this season regardless of results.

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