Scottish teams lose automatic spot in Champions League group stages

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  • Czech Republic boosted by taking 10th place in Uefa rankings
  • Next season’s Scottish champions will enter in playoff round

From next season, Scottish Premiership champions will no longer automatically make it into the group stage of the Champions league, after Czech Republic overtook Scotland to take 10th spot in Uefa’s coefficient rankings.

Viktoria Plzen’s goalless draw at Fiorentina in their Europa Conference League quarter-final first leg on Thursday was the crucial part of the jigsaw which means Scottish title-winners beyond the current campaign will enter the Champions League in a playoff round against a side from outside the top 10 European leagues.

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