Rangers loanees Cammy Palmer, Danny Finlayson and Matty Shiels will have to wait until at least May to properly get going with USL side Orange County SC after the American league extended their suspension until May 10th at the earliest.
The USL, like leagues worldwide, has been shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and government advice has forced them to extend their original suspension.
The Rangers trio all joined on a season-long loan after the Light Blues announced an affiliation with the Californians but saw the season frozen after just one competitive game.
“The United Soccer League announced today, following approval from the USL Championship’s Board of Governors, that the previously announced 30-day temporary suspension of play in the Championship will be extended to align with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on restricting public gatherings of 50 or more people through Sunday, May 10th.
“To every USL Championship supporter across the country, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary circumstances. As always, your safety, health and wellness are our top priority. We will continue to monitor ongoing events, receive guidance from local, state and national health authorities, and participate in a national task force comprised of other professional sports leagues and organizations from around the country. We also want to extend our support and best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by COVID-19.
“We look forward to being back in action again soon”
The trio are due to remain in America for the remainder of the USL season and they could find themselves back playing long before their team-mates back in Scotland are.
USL Championship Extends Temporary Suspension of 2020 Season pic.twitter.com/bsITTQzkS8
— USL Championship (@USLChampionship) March 18, 2020
While it’s hardly the best of circumstances, there are far worse places to be stuck in March than California instead of the West of Scotland.
Hopefully, they get back playing soon and the layoff isnt as long as the one expected on this side of the Atlantic.