EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – Rangers returned to the Champions League group stage after a 12-year absence and a humiliating financial crisis, advancing to the playoffs with a 1-0 win at PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
Rangers will book their place in Thursday’s group stage thanks to Croatia forward Antonio Čolak’s 60th-minute goal in the second leg to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory.
A decade ago, Rangers disbanded as a club and relaunched in the fourth tier of Scottish football.
Now it joins city rivals Celtic, who entered straight away as Scottish league winners, in the lucrative Champions League worth tens of millions of euros (dollars) each.
Copenhagen also advanced after a 2-1 home league win last week by holding Turkish champions Trabzonspor to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.
Dinamo Zagreb became the last team to qualify after beating Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt 4-1 after extra time in Croatia. Substitute Josip Dermic scored the decisive goal in the 117th minute and Peter Bokaj scored another three minutes later.
Dinamo led 2-1 after 90 minutes to level the aggregate score after Glimt won 1-0 in Norway last week.
UEFA scrapped the away goals rule last year, which would have sent the Norwegian champions into their first Champions League appearance.