Pedro Mendes does not believe Rangers' Champions League hopes have been boosted by their promotion to second seeds for this afternoon's group-stage draw.
The Ibrox club were elevated after Fiorentina completed a play-off round victory over Sporting Lisbon last night, meaning they will now avoid Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus, Porto, Lyon, CSKA Moscow and AZ Alkmaar.
But with Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid among possible pot-three opponents, Mendes is not getting carried away.
"The chances will be more or less the same," the midfielder said this morning.
"We are avoiding a bunch of good teams that we could have been playing against.
"But we have difficult games ahead regardless.
"Everyone is excited, whether we are in pot two or pot three."
Rangers' elevation has robbed Mendes of the chance for a reunion with Porto, with whom he won the Champions League in 2004.
"The only team I would've liked to have played is Porto but we can't play them," he said.
Mendes was ambivalent about the prospect of drawing an English side, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal Chelsea all possible opponents.
"English teams will be difficult but then you've got teams in Italy and Spain so there are no easy choices," Mendes said.
"The main thing for us will be the home games. At the end of the day, it's about us, it's about what we can do, how we perform.
"If we do well in the home games, we would be halfway towards qualifying for the next stage."
He added: "There are a mix of things that can take us to a happy ending."