Celtic face being seeded BELOW Rangers for Champions League as pots in focus

Celtic could be seeded two pots BELOW Rangers in next season's Champions League despite winning a double this season.

After finishing second in the Premiership, Philippe Clement's men will have to attempt to make it through two qualifying rounds to reach the newly formatted league stage this year, after falling at that hurdle against PSV in the 2023/24 campaign. But if they make it through this time, they could be placed two pots higher than their rivals.

The Hoops already have a guaranteed place in the UCL proper after winning the title, but after most European leagues came to an end at the weekend, they look set to be placed in pot four. Gers' coefficient is almost double that of Brendan Rodgers' side after reaching the Europa League final in 2022 and reaching the last 16 in the season just gone.

That means they would be in Pot Two should they make it through. As things stand the teams in Pot One would be Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, Liverpool, Inter Milan, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, and Barcelona.

The Light Blues would be joined in Pot Two by Bayer Leverkusen, Atletico Madrid, Atalanta, Juventus, Benfica, Arsenal, Bruges and Shakhtar Donetsk, if they all make it. Pot Three could be made up of AC Milan, Feyenoord, PSV, Sporting Lisbon, Slavia Prague, Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade, PAOK Salonika and one other side.

Pot Four currently includes Celtic, Monaco, Aston Villa, Bologna, Girona, Stuttgart, Sturm Graz, Brest and one other. It is still possible for the Hoops to be elevated if some seeded teams from Pots Two and Three fail to get through the qualifiers.

Likely opponents for Rangers in the third qualifying ground would Fenerbahce, Union Saint-Gilloise, Dynamo Kyiv and Twente Enschede while Salzburg or Lille should lie in wait for the play-off stage.