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Daily Record top spin airbrushes over Celtic’s Scottish Cup win

The Daily Record has been in top gear since Celtic won the Scottish Cup with a glut of feel good stories for Ibrox fans.

Everything in the garden seems rosy for Phil Clement’s side with this season’s duds being sold off for big money as the Belgian Beale scouts cut price gems that are about to become the next best thing with the help of Calvin Bassey type hype from the fading Glasgow publisher.

Every world event has a reflected Ibrox impact with Atalanta finishing fourth on Seria A ensuring that Clement’s side will be seeded for two rounds of Champions League qualifiers- not only that but once that task is completed they will be seeded two pots above Celtic!

It seems that no-one at the Record has realised that next season’s event will mean that every club, whether pot one or pot four will play two opponents from each pot. There is no benefit to be gained through seeding when the draw is made.

One of the strangest stories is over Steven Gerrard’s alleged interest in James Tavernier, virtually no-one else is going near that story but the Record has daily updates when clearly nothing is happening.

Three years on from Gerrard Walking Away he will find Tavpen older and slower than he was in his Ibrox prime- paying a transfer fee and top salary doesn’t interest the former Liverpool man.

John Lundstram, Borna Barisic, Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack are available without a fee- and without interest from Gerrard.

On Sunday evening, just over 24 hours after the final whistle at Hampden the Record reported:

Rangers will be seeded throughout qualifying for the UEFA Champions League thanks to Atalanta’s top four finish in Serie A.

The Bergamo side – who already grabbed a Champions League spot by ending Bayer Leverkusen’s 51-game unbeaten with a resounding 3-0 victory in the Europa League final on Wednesday – secured a top four finish in Italy with a 3-0 home win against Torino. Bizarrely La Dea, still have one more league fixture to fulfil, and a win against Conference League finalists Fiorentina next Sunday could see them jump above Juventus into third place.

Their success in qualifying for the Champions League has positive repercussions for Philippe Clement and Rangers, who now know they will be seeded for both the third qualifying round and play-off if they reach that stage in their quest to join Celtic at Europe’s top table next season.

On Tuesday Football Scotland, the digital version of the Record carried on the feel-good factor with:

Celtic could be seeded two pots BELOW Rangers in next season’s Champions League despite winning a double this season.

After finishing second in the Premiership, Philippe Clement’s men will have to attempt to make it through two qualifying rounds to reach the newly formatted league stage this year, after falling at that hurdle against PSV in the 2023/24 campaign. But if they make it through this time, they could be placed two pots higher than their rivals.

Finishing second to Celtic in two competitions has hit the Record as hard as it has the Ibrox support.

With print sales expected to dip below 50,000 next month some genuine good news for their army of readers could have delayed that landmark by a month or two.

Now that they are pushing evert issue as good news just continues their dive downhill the Glasgow publisher now more partisan than the fan media websites that are starting to waken up to the shambles that their club is as Celtic set off for the fabled 55 next season.

It shouldn’t be too long before Record insiders are being tipped off about wealthy new investors and the old favourite of increasing the capacity to make Ibrox the biggest stadium in Glasgow, again.

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