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Champions League boost for Scottish clubs – Paul Blake reports

Next season’s champions in Scotland will progress directly to the group stages of the 2022/23 Champions League, it has been revealed. The decision comes as UEFA imposed further sanctions on Russia, following the invasion of Ukraine.

Scotland, whose coefficient ranking is currently eleventh for the 2022-23 season, are assured a spot in the Champions League draw.

The decision means that three teams will now be entered into European competition next season at the group stages. These will be Celtic, Rangers and Hearts, who currently occupy the three top spots in the Scottish Premier League.

Celtic, who are today six points clear of Rangers with a superior goal difference, are set to be the beneficiaries of the latest ruling.

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