Europa League and Conference League draws: Rangers to face Borussia Dortmund in EL play-off round

Rangers finished second in their Europa League group and must win the play-off round in order to reach the last 16; Leicester City will face Danish side Randers, Celtic will face in Bodo/Glimt, Tottenham or Dutch side Vitesse will face Rapid Vienna

Rangers finished second behind Lyon in their Europa League group
Image: Rangers finished second behind Lyon in their Europa League group

Rangers have been drawn to face Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League knockout round play-offs.

The Scottish Premiership champions were seeded for Monday's draw after they progressed to the first knockout stage of UEFA's secondary competition by finishing as runners-up to Lyon in the group phase.

Borussia Dortmund, who sit second in Bundesliga, were one of eight teams to drop out of the Champions League, having finished behind Ajax and Sporting Lisbon in Group C.

The draw represents a tough challenge for Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side, with Norway striker Erling Haaland and England midfielder Jude Bellingham in the Dortmund squad.

Dortmund's Erling Haaland, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021
Image: Borussia Dortmund sit six points behind leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga

The two teams have only met twice in competitive fixtures, playing out two draws in the group stages of the 1995/96 Champions League.

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Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd expects a difficult Europa League tie when they take on Borussia Dortmund in the play-off round and come up against one of the world's best strikers in Erling Haaland

This season's new format means that the eight group winners, including West Ham, directly advance to the round of 16 to be played in March.

The other standout knockout round play-off tie sees Barcelona against Napoli.

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Barcelona failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2003-04, when the La Liga side competed in the UEFA Cup.

Napoli, winners of the competition in 1989, progressed from a Europa League group which included Leicester, who they beat 3-2 in the final group game in Naples.

Europa League play-off draw

Sevilla v Dinamo Zagreb

Atalanta v Olympiacos

RB Leipzig v Real Sociedad

Barcelona v Napoli

Zenit St Petersburg v Real Betis

Borussia Dortmund v Rangers

Sheriff Tiraspol v Braga

Porto v Lazio

When are the play-off ties?

The first legs of the play-off ties will be played on February 17, with the return fixtures a week later on February 24.

This season's final takes place at Sevilla's Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on May 18.

Europa League group winners already into last 16

Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco, West Ham, Spartak Moscow, Eintracht Frankfurt, Red Star Belgrade, Galatasaray

Europa Conference League

Leicester City will face Danish side Randers, competing for the first time in a European knockout phase, in the Europa Conference League play-offs.

The Foxes exited the Europa League with a 3-2 defeat to Napoli in midweek, before manager Brendan Rodgers admitted he didn't know what UEFA's third-tier continental club competition was.

Celtic, who also dropped down from the Europa League after finishing third behind Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis, will face in Bodo/Glimt.

Their Norwegian opposition finished their Conference League group campaign without defeat after registering four points in their two games with group winners Roma.

Either Tottenham or Dutch side Vitesse will face Rapid Vienna in their play-off tie, with the outcome of Spurs' final group game against Rennes, called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Premier League club, still to be decided by UEFA.

Europa Conference League play-off draw

Marseille v Qarabag

PSV v Maccabi Tel Aviv

Fenerbahce v Slavia Prague

Midtjylland v PAOK

Leicester City v Randers

Celtic v Bodo/Glimt

Sparta Prague v Partizan Belgrade

Rapid Vienna v Tottenham or Vitesse

When are the play-off ties?

The first legs are scheduled for 17 February, with the second legs a week later.

The final of the inaugural season of the competition is to be held in Tirana, Albania, on May 25.

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