As quoted by the Daily Record, the President of FC Prishtina has told of major off-field issues threatening his club’s place in the Europa League.
The Kosovan side are taking on St Joseph’s of Gibraltar in the preliminary qualifying round, with the winner’s earning a tie against the Gers.
However, as it stands, they won’t be able to fulfil the away leg of their tie.
“I’m far more worried about the problems getting visas for the players and staff than I am about the result against St Joseph’s,” said Remzi Ejupi, as quoted by the Daily Record. “We play the return game in Gibraltar next week, but we still have no indication that we will get visas.”
“We went to the UK Government, but they told us to apply through Gibraltar, but we have still heard nothing – we are worried. It’s not right that a club like ours in an important European competition should have to worry about an issue like visas.
“On the pitch, I believe we should comfortable qualify for the next round to play Rangers. It’s off the pitch where the problems lie.”
With the first leg of this tie taking place in Kosovo tomorrow evening (Thursday), time is running out for Prishtina.
It’s an extremely unfortunate situation and a little farcical for such a high profile competition.
Yet, if worst comes to worst, their withdrawal would make things easier for the Gers.
Neither potential opponent is well known. Yet, based on the coefficient, St Joseph’s are the second weakest team at the preliminary stage. It was a massive upset when the Gers lost to Progres Niederkorn in 2017, but even they (2.750) are much higher rated than the Gibraltans.
If Steven Gerrard’s side were to face them across two legs, they would surely sail through to QR2.