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Belgium results affect Scotland CL places

Scotland will lose one of their two Champions League places from the season after next, the Scottish Premier League have confirmed. Thursday night's Europa League results for Belgian clubs saw them overtake Scotland into 15th spot in UEFA's co-efficient ranking table.

They will instead have to navigate three qualifying rounds, though all matches will be against champions from smaller European nations rather than runners-up or third and fourth-placed sides from larger countries.

Next season will see both the SPL winners and runners-up in the Champions League, with the runners-up facing two qualifying rounds, the second of which could be against one of the giants of the European game.

An SPL spokesman told Press Association Sport: "Our clubs are sorted for next season. It's for the season after that that Belgium are now above us."

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