Rangers are back in the Champions League after a decade-long absence and Gers fans on Twitter are buzzing after Steven Gerrard’s side were drawn to face Malmö or HJK Helsinki in the Third Qualifying Round.

The Light Blues haven’t appeared in Europe’s elite club competition since losing to Malmo in 2011 and fans are desperate to make up for lost time and get back into the Group Stage.

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Rangers are guaranteed to play in the Group Stage of one of UEFA’s three club competitions this season with losing teams in the champions path – which includes Rangers – dropping into the Europa League play-offs, from which the losers go into to the Europa Conference League Group Stage.

The Light Blues have impressed in Europe in recent seasons, reaching the last 16 of the Europa League in successive years, as Gerrard helps restore the club’s reputation on the continent.

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Gerrard and his side won’t know which of the two they’ll face until next week after the Second Qualifying Round is completed.

Rangers’ Champions League qualifying campaign will get underway on August 3/4 with the second leg at Ibrox on August 10.

Gers fans looking to make the trip to the away leg will be left disappointed after UEFA confirmed visiting fans won’t be allowed to attend any games in the qualifying rounds.

Fans on Twitter are buzzing at the prospect of the Gers reaching the Group Stage and landing a financial windfall – particularly given how important winning the Scottish Premiership title is this season.

With Malmo the last side Rangers faced in the competition a decade ago, some fans also have their eyes on revenge over the Swedes.

Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter after the Gers’ Champions League opponents were confirmed:

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