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One winner and loser as Steven Gerrard's Rangers qualify for Europe

Steven Gerrard has enjoyed an unbelievable start to life in management and has guided his Rangers side to the Europa League group stages after defeating Maribor on Thursday night.

Rangers will now face; Spartak Moscow, Rapid Vienna and Villareal in Group G of the competition; a tough test for the former Liverpool captains young team.

Nevertheless, after years of hurt, it seems things are finally starting to come together for the Glaswegian side, but are they ready to challenge fierce rivals Celtic once again?

Winner – Rangers finances

The financial injection Rangers will receive now they’ve qualified for Europe will be huge for the club and there’s never been a more critical time for the numbers game in football than now.

Rangers earned an estimated £10 million after their win on Thursday night and will gain much more depending on their progression throughout the competition.

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Gerrard has guided his Rangers side to the Europa League from its earliest step, something that hasn’t been done since Manchester City in 2008; potentially the sign of things to come.

Loser – Celtic

Celtic appear to be more vulnerable than ever at the moment, and the Old Firm derby couldn’t have come at a better time for Steven Gerrard’s men.

Rangers no longer seem like the club in crisis from Glasgow, but rather a team on the up and ready to make some noise this season; a worrying thing to think about if you’re a Celtic fan.

With Brendan Rodgers achieving pretty much all who could have with Celtic over the past few seasons, a downwards spiral was always going to happen.

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