Rangers sent Champions League warning amid reports of fixture news
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Rangers sent Champions League warning amid reports of fixture news

Champions League rivals Napoli warmed up for their clash with Rangers by going top of Serie A thanks to a late win over Italian top-flight outfit Spezia.

Luciano Spalletti’s side have made a rampant start to the season and sit top of Serie A on goal difference following Giacomo Raspadori’s late winner at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona.

The Napoli striker – who is on loan from Sassuolo – opened his account for the Partenopei by rolling the ball in from a Hirving Lozano cross to make it four wins from six matches and 14 points for the Naples side.

Rangers will be well aware that they are facing a team on form in the shape of Napoli, who also come to Glasgow off the back of a 4-1 hammering of Liverpool in Italy.

That result sent something of a shockwave around Merseyside and Rangers are also needing to come back from a humbling of their own, having lost 4-0 to Ajax.

There remain some doubts regarding the fixture as the country continues to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the nation’s policing resources are stretched thin.

Rangers Champions League clash with Napoli likely to go ahead

Rangers are one of a number of British clubs set to host UEFA fixtures this week after all professional football across the country was postponed as a mark of respect for Her Majesty.

The club claimed earlier in the week that whilst the game was scheduled to go ahead as planned, discussions between key stakeholders were continuing.

“At this difficult time for the UK, we are cognisant of ongoing uncertainty regarding supporter arrangements and travel plans for next week,” reads the statement.

“We are aware of policing and resource pressures, especially on Tuesday, September 13. We can confirm that discussions are taking place between UEFA, Police Scotland and Rangers regarding our scheduled UEFA Champions League fixture versus Napoli.

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“At present, the game is scheduled to take place at the scheduled date and time.”

The latest in the Daily Record suggests that Rangers are preparing for the clash with Napoli to be given the go-ahead this week but that it could be moved forward 24 hours to Wednesday.

Rangers have been recognising Queen Elizabeth II with a series of tributes following Her Majesty’s passing this week.