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Champions League play-offs: When is the draw? Dates, fixtures, teams for qualifiers

Rangers are in the draw for the Champions League play-offs; the draw takes place in Nyon on Monday, August 2 at 11am; first leg ties take place on August 17/18, with the return legs on August 24/25; follow the ties on Sky Sports' digital platforms

The Champions League final was last staged at Wembley back in 2013

When is the draw for the Champions League play-offs and who could Rangers now face?

When is the Champions League play-offs draw?

The draw will take place at 11am on Monday, August 2 in Nyon.

When do the play-offs take place?

The first-leg ties are on August 17/18, with the return legs on August 24/25.

What stage of the competition are we at now?

This week saw the conclusion of the second qualifying round ties, with Celtic going out to Midtjylland in their second-leg clash in Denmark on Wednesday night.

So when is the third qualifying round played?

Rangers travel to Malmo for the first leg of their third qualifying round tie on Tuesday at 6pm, before the return clash at Ibrox on Tuesday, August 10 at 8pm.


What happens if Rangers are eliminated at this stage?

As last season's Scottish Premiership winners, Rangers will be playing in the champions' path section of the draw.

Sides on the champions' path that are beaten in the third qualifying round will enter the Europa League play-offs. If they lose at that stage, they will compete in the inaugural Europa Conference League.

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As a result, Rangers are guaranteed to be playing group-stage European football this season.

Remind me of the third qualifying round draw?

Dinamo Zagreb vs Legia Warsaw
CFR Cluj vs Young Boys
Olympiacos vs Ludogorets Razgrad
Red Star Belgrade vs Sheriff Tiraspol
Malmo FF vs Rangers
Ferencvaros vs Slavia Prague
PSV Eindhoven vs Midtjylland
Spartak Moscow vs Benfica
Genk vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Sparta Prague vs Monaco

How can you follow the games?

Keep up to date with both legs of Rangers' Champions League qualifying ties via our live minute-by-minute blogs on the Sky Sports digital platforms.

What are the other key dates?

August 17/18 & 24/25, 2021: Playoffs
August 26, 2021: Group-stage draw, 5pm
September 14-15, 2021: Matchday One
September 28-29, 2021: Matchday Two
October 19-20, 2021: Matchday Three
November 2-3, 2021: Matchday Four
November 23-24, 2021: Matchday Five
December 7-8, 2021: Matchday Six
December 13, 2021: Last-16 draw
February 15/16 or 22/23 & March 8/9 or 15/16, 2022: Last 16
March 18, 2022: Quarter-final, semi-final and final draw
April 5/6 & 12/13, 2022: Quarter-finals
April 26/27 & May 3/4, 2022: Semi-finals
May 28, 2022: Final

Where is the final being played?

This season's showpiece will take place at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

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