Rangers face a potentially crunch Europa League trip to face Real Betis as Aberdeen and Barry Robson host Eintracht Frankfurt before the League Cup Final.
The Ibrox side will complete their Europa League group stage campaign with a trip to Spain on the 14th of December in a potential Group C decider.
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With Rangers’ Europa League group wide open and home games against both Sparta Prague and Aris Limassol to come first, the match with Betis could be crucial in terms of both qualification or where the club finishes in the group.
Europa League group stage winners avoid a playoff clash with the Champions League drop-outs so the ramifications of finishing first or second are potentially huge.
Scottish League Cup Final opponents face the challenging task of hosting Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa Conference League three days before the Hampden clash.
But with the Dons already five points off a qualification spot in the tournament’s Group G, it is far more likely Greek side PAOK will have already qualified alongside Frankfurt by the time the Germans visit Scotland.
Barry Robson gets Aberdeen Rangers League Cup Final excuses in early
The entire thing raises eyebrows about comments from Aberdeen boss Barry Robson after qualification for the League Cup Final.
Taking aim at the fixture scheduling, it appears the Aberdeen boss is getting his pre-Rangers excuses in early in soundbites about the upcoming matches.
My big frustration is that we need to play Eintracht Frankfurt on the Thursday before the final,” said Robson.
“They’ve done well there, haven’t they? We’ve also had four away games in the Scottish Premiership after Europe.
“We’re trying to help Scottish teams but we got a day less rest than Hibs before today’s game. Should the league be more sympathetic? Look at our schedule and make your own mind up
We know Aberdeen aren’t used to European football but Rangers certainly appear to have the tougher scenario ahead of the League Cup Final.
Away from home in a match which is more likely to have a competitive edge, Aberdeen are on course for a dead rubber v the Germans and we’re a little confused by the comments.
Barry Robson should probably be taking each game as it comes and count his blessings that Aberdeen have reached both the Europa Conference League and Scottish League Cup Final this season.
Ahead of the clash, the form of one Rangers-tipped striker is an interesting subplot.