Rangers, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock to learn Europa League opponents – everything you need to know about today’s draw

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Rangers, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock will all learn their Europa League first qualifying round opponents this afternoon when the draw is made in Nyon.

The Scottish Premiership representatives will be drawn against their first round opponents today, while tomorrow their potential second round opponents will be decided.

Our teams will have to negotiate four rounds of qualifying to make it to the group stage, and here’s everything you need to know today’s draw.

When and where is it?

The draw will be made at 14.30 UK time in Nyon, Switzerland.




How does it work?

The 94 teams (87 directly qualified and 7 pairs of teams from the preliminary round) are divided into seven groups of ten teams and two groups of 12 teams.

Within the nine groups, the 94 teams are divided equally as 47 seeded teams and 47 unseeded teams.

All clubs in the seven groups have been ordered randomly and identified by a number: 1 to 5 for the seeded teams and 6 to 10 for the unseeded teams.

Two bowls will be prepared, one containing balls with slips of paper numbered 1 to 5 for the seeded teams and the other containing balls with slips of paper numbered 6 to 10 for the unseeded teams, a ball will be taken from each bowl and placed in an empty bowl in the middle, where they will be shuffled. One of the two balls is drawn at random, then opened to display the number it contains. The second ball is drawn to complete the pairing. The result of this draw applies to all seven groups.

For example, if the first ball drawn contains the number 2 and the second the number 8, the clubs that have been assigned the numbers 2 and 8 in each of the seven groups will play each other. In addition, the first ball drawn, here containing the number 2, designates the home team for the first leg and for all seven groups.

Which groups are our teams and will they be seeded?

All the Scottish sides will be seeded for the first round.

Rangers are in group 4, so can play old foes Progres Niederkorn, B36 from the Faroe Islands, Inter Turku of Finland, Iceland’s KR and either Prishtina from Kosovo or St Joseph’s from Gibraltar.



Aberdeen are in group 8, one of the groups containing 12 teams so can play one of Liepāja, Levadia Tallinn, Saint Patrick’s, RoPS Rovaniemi or the winner of two ties yet to be decided.

Either Barry Town or Cliftonville will also be in that pot, as will KI from the Faroe Islands or Sammarinese side Tre Fiori.

Kilmarnock are in group 1 so will face one of Shamrock Rovers, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Finnish side KuPS Kuopio, Breidablik of Iceland or the winner of Ballymena v NSI.

Where can I watch it?

The draw will be streamed live on UEFA’s website.

Let’s get down to business – what are the pint prices like in the potential destinations?

Frankie Boyle once said that Scotland is the only nation to conduct travel reviews entirely in alcohol prices, so it’d be remiss of us not to include the price of a pint in the potential destinations.

Here’s how much a beer will set you back in each of the potential destinations.

Rangers:

 

Niederkorn: €5/£4.47

Torshavn: 30kr/£3.59

Turku: €5.50/£4.92

Reykjavik: 1,200KR/£7.58

Prishtina: €1.50/£1.34

Gibraltar: £3.50

Aberdeen:

Liepāja: €1.32/£1.18

Talinn: €1.98/£1.68

Barry: £3.48

Cliftonville: £1.35

Rovaniemi: €6.25/£5.59

Klaksvik: 30kr/£3.59

San Marino: €3.50/£3.13




Kilmarnock:

Dublin: €5.90/£5.27

Ballymena: £1.55

Runavik: 30kr/£3.59

Connah’s Quay: £3.48

Kuopio: €5.50/£4.92

Kópavogur: 1,200KR/£7.58

 

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