UEFA bosses could scrap Rangers’ Europa League last 32 tie with Bayer Leverkusen if matches are not restarted by the end of August.
The governing body’s president hinted that if matches cannot be restarted within the next four months then the Champions and Europa league competitions could be abandoned.
UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin was discussing the situation involving the competitions as the global pandemic forces football to an untimely halt.
“We can’t play it out in September or October,” said Ceferin [ZDF Sportstudio].
“If the authorities do not allow us to play, then we cannot play.
“The fact is that we really don’t know much.
“We are waiting for the development of this terrible situation in the world, and mainly in Europe.
“It is still better to play the game behind closed doors and have it on TV, which is what the people need and want because it brings positive energy to their homes, than not playing at all.
“That’s what the people want, that brings positive energy, and it will be July or August.”
Ceferin’s comments come after the European football governing body wrote to member associations threatening to ban them from Europe if they cancel their campaigns early [Daily Record].
UEFA and football leagues across the continent are adamant that the games should be played with countries across Europe awaiting the outcome of legal measures due to the outbreak.
An effort must be taken to ensure domestic campaigns are resumed by August 3rd with anyone breaching this believed to be at risk of losing their access to the Europa and Champions Leagues.
Rangers are currently trailing German side Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 from the first leg of the round of 32 Europa League tie at Ibrox.