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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard reveals why Celtic’s Champions League exit is a blow for Gers

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Celtic suffered a 4-3 loss at Parkhead to Romanian champions CFR Cluj to crash out 5-4 on aggregate and miss out on the Champions League group stages for a second straight season.

The Scottish Premiership champions will now enter the Europa League and will take on either Moldovan outfit Sheriff Tiraspol or AIK from Sweden in the play-off round.

Rangers have one foot in the final qualifying round of the same tournament thanks to their lead over Denmark's FC Midtjylland at the tie's half-way mark.

While Rangers fans will no doubt have enjoyed the misery of their arch rivals, whose finances would have been significantly strengthened by reaching the Champions League group stages, Gerrard is not too pleased by the Hoops' setback.

It deals a significant blow to the hopes of Scottish clubs being able to enter European competitions in the later rounds, with all four of Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock having entered at the first round of qualifying this year.

Despite Celtic falling into the Europa League before the group stages last season, Scotland recorded its largest coefficient points haul in over a decade and Rangers and Aberdeen will hope for similar this season.

Gerrard has warned Rangers not to underestimate FC Midtjylland, who have beaten Manchester United and Southampton in the last four years.

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