Rangers fans could be handed a double-jab Champions League vaccine boost – if HJK Helsinki can turn around their clash with Swedish side FF Malmo.
The Finnish club currently trail their Scandinavian counterparts 2-1 following the first leg on enemy territory and are set to welcome the Swedes to Helsinki later today.
Rangers fans will have one eye on the qualifier with the winner of the two legged affair set to face Scottish Champions Rangers in Champions League QR3.
However, some might cross their fingers that it’s the Finnish side who make the cut after the country announced double-vaccinated UK visitors will not have to quarantine.
Finland will not require quarantine or testing requirements from British visitors and travellers must have had their complete vaccination course at least 14 days prior to arrival.
Those who visit must present their NHS app, Covid Pass or a vaccination status letter on arrival.
Read more via Visit Finland.
Finland is also currently on the amber list of destinations for the UK; these are areas where double vaccinated passengers do not need to self-isolate from when returning to Britain.
“We look forward to welcoming UK travellers back to explore our 188,000 lakes, the forest which covers more than 70 per cent of our land and of course cities such as our capital Helsinki, renowned for its artistic and cultural offerings as well as its vibrant and innovative culinary scene,” said Kristiina Hietasaari, director of Visit Finland.
“Across the country our tourism industry looks forward to warmly welcoming visitors from the UK for a safe travel experience.”
This would mean that, providing HJK Helsinki make it past Malmo FF – a big IF at the moment – Rangers fans could theoretically travel to Finland.
Does this change anyone’s mind when it comes to who they’d rather face in the next round of the competition?
Speaking of the Champions League, injuries, suspensions and Covid-19 uncertainty suggests that a £2.7m Rangers investment will get the chance to bear fruit in the qualifiers.