Europa League play-off draw
Rangers handed tough tie against Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund date: Van Bronckhorst (pic: SNS Group)
Rangers have been drawn to face German aces Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League play-off.
The Glasgow side finished second in their group behind Lyon to set up a tie against one of the teams which dropped down from the Champions League.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side could have been paired with Barcelona but came out of the hat alongside another of the big names, Dortmund the joint favourites to win the competition alongside the Catalans.
The Germans, currently second in the Bundesliga behind leaders Bayern Munich, are scheduled to host the first leg on Thursday, 17 February, with the return meeting at Ibrox on February 24.
A new format this season sees the eight group winners go straight into the round of 16.
Under former boss Steven Gerrard last season, Rangers made it to the last 16 of the tournament where they were eventually knocked out by Slavia Prague.
Europa League knockout round play-off:
Sevilla v Dinamo Zagreb; Atalanta v Olympiakos; 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.
In the Conference League knockout round play-off, Celtic will take on Bodo/Glimt from Norway.
The Norwegian champions defeated Roma 6-1 in the Europa Conference League group in October.
Europa Conference League knockout round play-off :
Marseille v Qarabag; PSV Eindhoven v Maccabi Tel-Aviv; Fenerbahce v Slavia Prague; Midtjylland v POAK; Leicester City v Randers; Celtic v Bodo/Glimt; Sparta Prague v Partizan Belgrade; Rapid Vienna v Tottenham Hotspur or Vitesse Arnhem.
Manchester United will face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League after the draw had to be redone.
The initial draw, which paired United and Cristiano Ronaldo against Lionel Messi’s Paris St-Germain, was declared void by UEFA after a “technical problem” lead to an administrative error.
PSG will take on Real Madrid in the pick of the ties, the Spaniards having originally been paired with Benfica.
Champions League Round of 16
RB Salzburg v Bayern Munich; Sporting Lisbon v Man City; Benfica v Ajax; Chelsea v Lille; Atletico Madrid v Man Utd; Villareal v Juventus; Inter Milan v Liverpool; PSG v Real Madrid.