Where could Aberdeen, Rangers and St Johnstone end up in the Europa League?

Aberdeen, Rangers and St Johnstone learn their European fate this Monday as the Europa League draw takes place in Nyon, Switzerland.

And here at 360 Sports Consultancy we thought we would explore some of the possible opponents that Scotland’s European hopefuls could take on.

Rangers and St Johnstone enter the competition in the first round and both are seeded – meaning they will avoid big names such as Poland’s Lech Poznan and Israel’s Tel Aviv.

Amongst the unseeded and possible sides the pair could face are Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltar. Who could forget them after the scare they gave Celtic in Champions League qualifying last year.

Maybe one to avoid.

A trip to Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland could also be on the cards with the likes of Cork City and Shamrock Rovers lying in wait.

Ballymena United are another possibility. This would be a special draw for Saints gaffer Tommy Wright as he would return to a club he used to manage.

Both Wright and Pedro Caixinha will be hopeful of a favourable draw near to home that avoids any arduous adventures to the back of beyond.

Such trips have become all too familiar for the Saints who in previous seasons have played in the likes of Turkey, Armenia and Belarus.

The draw for the second round of the Europa League also takes place on Monday and that’s where Aberdeen join proceedings.

Both the Dons and St Johnstone (if victorious in the first round) will be seeded, but Rangers will become unseeded (if victorious).

This means the Gers could lock horns with some of the giants in European football to set up a glamour tie in the early stages of the competition.

Galatasaray and Utrecht are two of the bigger clubs lying in wait, as well as FC Luzern and Brondby who have played St Johnstone and Hibernian respectively in recent seasons.

The Dons and Saints could meet Swedish side Östersunds FK, who are managed by former English footballer Graham Potter who most notably had a stint in the Premiership with Southampton.

Another potential opponent could be SK Brann, who are currently third in the Norwegian top tier. They finished second in their first season back in the top flight after being relegated.

First round ties will be played on June 29 and July 6 before the second round qualifying games take place on July 13 and 20.

Let’s hope all three clubs can battle their way through qualifying and get themselves into the group stages to play amongst Europe’s elite.

Do us proud guys!

Blog by Aidan Smith for 360 Sports Consultancy

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