St Patrick's Athletic have become the first Irish team to benefit from Russia’s exclusion from European competition, with the Saints upgraded to the second round of the Europa Conference League qualifying.

Pat’s will take their place in Europe via the FAI Cup win last year over Bohemians, as well as finishing second in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Ireland’s and Pat’s co-efficient had been set to see them in the first round of qualifying, but the ban on Russia sides now sees Tim Clancy’s men move into round two.

As well as being closer to group stage qualification, now just needing to progress through three rounds, there is also a financial and scheduling boost for the Inchicore outfit.

They’ll be guaranteed €450,000, even if they lose in round two, and would net a ringfenced €850,000 should they progress.

The Saints play Derry City on Monday week in a match brought forward from July as both sides were set to be in action.

Pat’s will now have a two-week break after their clash with Drogheda United on 1 July before returning to league games on 15 July.

The second qualifying round games are scheduled for 21 and 28 July.

Derry City and Sligo Rovers are still set for round one. Sligo could benefit if Ukrainian sides are unable to take part with their position unclear as it stands.

Shamrock Rovers are set to represent Ireland in the Champions League and are on the verge of being seeded in round one, which would drastically increase their chances of qualifying for group stage football this year.

The Hoops are awaiting the outcome of this year's European competitions and all leagues to be concluded to learn of their fates, with the Russian expulsion also impacting.

Last year they lost out to Slovan Bratislava in the first round of Champions League qualifying but ended up narrowly missing out on the Europa Conference League group stage in a play-off with Flora Tallinn.

That was from an unseeded position starting out.

Elsewhere Scotland will benefit as well with the Premiership champions going directly into the Champions League group stages, bypassing the qualifying play-off.

The second-placed side will now go into the third round of qualifying rather than the second.

Celtic lead Rangers by six points with three games left to play this season.

Earlier UEFA confirmed that Russia's teams will remain suspended from international and European competition into next season and the nation's bid to host the European Championships in either 2028 or 2032 has been ruled ineligible.

The European governing body announced a string of decisions in relation to Russia, which has been suspended since February following the nation's invasion of Ukraine.

Monday's announcement said Russia's men's team would not participate in the Nations League which begins in June, and will automatically face relegation from League B. The women's team will also be barred from Euro 2022 in England and replaced by Portugal, the team they beat in the qualifying play-offs.

No Russian teams will be eligible to play in European competition next season, barring them from the Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League, Women's Champions League and UEFA Youth League

Russia will also be barred from playing any further matches in qualifying for either the Women's World Cup in 2023 or the 2023 European Under-21 championships, with their results to this point declared null and void.

The bids submitted to host either Euro 2028 or 2032 have been dismissed, with UEFA's executive committee citing article 16.02 of the regulations which states that "each bidder shall ensure that it does not act in a manner that could bring UEFA, the UEFA final or UEFA final phase, any other bidder (or any employee, officer or representative of any of the foregoing), the bidding procedure or European football into disrepute".