Rangers’ win over Braga last night sent the Light Blues into the last sixteen of the Europa League for the first time in nine years – but it has taken a step closer to fixture chaos for the SPFL with the still-to-be-rearranged game with St. Johnstone looking near impossible to squeeze in.

The cancelled fixture has been on the back burner since November but the Gers’ continued success in Europe means there are only two possible midweeks where it can be played, but those are also earmarked for the Europa League quarter-finals.

PERTH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Tommy Wright, Manager of St Johnstone looks on prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park on February 3, 2019 in Perth, United Kingdom.

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With the Scottish Premiership split to take place at the start of April, the fixture will almost certainly need to be played before then, unless the Perth side find themselves out of contention for a top-six spot.

Should Rangers make it to the quarter-finals then all bets are off and the SPFL will have to pull a rabbit out of their hat to find a suitable date to fit the game in.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With several free midweeks after the split, there is the possibility that it is moved back slightly to allow outstanding games to be played, but that again runs the risk of being halted by further progression in Europe by Steven Gerrard’s side.

 

Things could get even more complicated if there are any postponements – or Scottish Cup replays – in the coming weeks as the final weeks and months of the season look set to throw up all sorts of problems for the league.

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