Rangers loanees have been left frustrated again after the lower leagues were denied permission by the Scottish FA to return to training next week ahead of the planned restarting of fixtures at the end of the month
Kieran Wright, Jack Thomson, Matty Shiels and Nicky Hogarth are all currently stuck unable to play for their respective loan clubs after the Scottish FA suspended all football beneath the SPFL Championship.
The initial suspension was due to be reviewed this week and clubs in Leagues One and Two had offered to test players on a weekly basis to allow them to resume playing.
However, that has since been rejected, with the SFA pointing the finger at the Scottish Government and clubs now have to wait a further few weeks to find out if and when they’ll get the approval to finally return to action.
Clubs had hoped that they would be allowed to return to training from February 15 with a view to resuming games on the final weekend of the month but they now need to wait until March before being given the thumbs up to return.
The Championship, League One and League Two had already agreed to a shortened 27-game season to ensure the season could be finished but have yet to reach the halfway point and this further delay will make completing the season on time even harder for clubs in those divisions.
With the Scottish Cup also due to be completed – and clubs like Rangers’ scheduled opponents Cove currently unable to train – there are serious concerns over whether the competition will be completed this term.
Meanwhile, a remarkable stat has shown just how important one Rangers player has been for Steven Gerrard’s side this season