Scotland's reputation in European football is at is lowest level for many years, with three clubs being forced to compete in preliminary rounds of whom only one, Motherwell, managed a win from the first leg.
There is a genuine fear that, unless the situation is reversed, the winners of the Scottish League will be
excluded from the Champions' Cup and have to settle for a place in the Uefa Cup.
Rangers will need to produce a powerful performance at Ibrox on Wednesday to overcome a 2-0 deficit and avoid a repeat of last season's early exit from the European Cup. At Firhill on Saturday, Brian Laudrup again impressed with his close control. The Dane, with a fine cross, also made the second goal for Mark Hateley in a 2-0 win over Partick.
Aberdeen and Motherwell failed to win before their European matches. The Dons drew 1-1 at home to Falkirk while Motherwell needed a penalty to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with Hearts. Celtic opened their year-long tenancy of Hampden with a last- minute goal from Tony Mowbray giving them a 2-1 win over Dundee United.Reuse content