What Atalanta win means for Rangers and Hearts ahead of Champions League and Europa League qualifying

Celtic hero Jeremie Frimpong was left heartbroken as Bayer Leverkusen were dumped in the Europa League final by Atalanta. And the result could have a knock-on effect for Rangers too.

English forward Ademola Lookman inspired the Serie A side to European glory with a stunning hat-trick - scoring two in the first half before rounding off the win late on. Gers would have been watching on with interest and the result is not the one they would have been looking for.

That's because if Xabi Alonso's side had won, Portuguese giants Benfica would have been pushed straight into the Champions League group stages for next season rather than having to qualify. The Eagles of course knocked Philippe Clement's side out of the Europa League and they'd surely rather avoid having to face them again.

In better news for the Ibrox men, Club Brugge beat Anderlecht in Belgium at the weekend and that could see Ronny Deila's old side going straight into the groups, and leaving Union Saint-Gilloise to try to qualify. That could mean Rangers go into the draw as one of the seeded sides.

Atalanta's success could also be good news for Hearts as they head back into Europe next year. With Atalanta qualifying for next season's Champions League, if they fail to finish in the UCL places in Serie A that could set the Jam Tarts to go straight into the Europa League groups instead of having to play a play-off. All that would remain would be for Dortmund to win the Champions League final against Real Madrid next weekend.