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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Cork City could face Rangers in Europa League if they win first qualifying round test

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has denied any interest in the Derby County job (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has denied any interest in the Derby County job (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Cork City are on course for a lucrative Europa League tie with Steven Gerrard's Rangers if they can win their first round qualifier.

John Cotter's team will play the Glasgow giants if both teams succeed in scaling the first hurdle of European competition.

Rangers will be expected to comfortably dismiss St Joseph's from Gibraltar.

Cork City are still waiting to find out their first round opponent; they will face the winners of the preliminary tie between Luxembourg's Progres Niederkorn and Cardiff Met from Wales.

Progres would be expected to get through and they are a familiar opponent to Rangers - they knocked the Scottish club out of the competition in 2017.

The prospect of the Rangers tie will provide significant motivation to the Leesiders who will need to improve on their domestic form if they are to make inroads in Europe.

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Rangers last faced Irish opposition in 1999 when they were forced to play Shelbourne at Tranmere (Jeff Morris/PA)

Meanwhile, St Patrick's Athletic will play Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) or Liepāja (Latvia) if they shock Swedish team IFK Norrköping.

Shamrock Rovers will play Žalgiris (Lithuania) or Apollon Limassol (Cyprus) if they can find a way past Norwegian team SK Brann.

Earlier in the day, Dundalk found out that they will face Qarabag (Azerbaijan) or FC Partizani (Albania) if they beat Riga FC in their Champions League tie.

They also learned the cost of losing that game. Dundalk will be parachuted into the Europa League if they lose to Riga and they will face the side that is knocked out of the tie between old foes BATE Borisov and Polish side Piast Gliwice. That was the worst possible backdoor scenario.

 

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