St Joseph’s FC’s sporting director, John Paul Hendrick, has spoken to the Daily Record, to confirm details surrounding the upcoming Europa League tie against Rangers,

The minnows set up the QR1 clash by defeating FC Prishtina 3-1 on aggregate in a tie which concluded on Tuesday evening.

However, there had been some confusion over when the first leg of their Rangers showdown would be played. That was due to a potential clash at the Victoria Stadium, the only venue on the island capable of staging UEFA competitions.

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After talks between the clubs and the governing body, though, a verdict has been reached.

“The decision has been made to play the match in Gibraltar next Tuesday, July 9 with a kick-off of 5.55pm local time (4.45 UK time)”, Hendrick told the Daily Record. “Rangers needed some time to make arrangements so we agreed to this date.”

“We have offered 960 tickets which Red Imps gave to Celtic a few years back. The possibility of playing both games at Ibrox was discarded and we believe we have come up with the best solution to keep everyone happy.

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The Gers will be hoping to avoid another massive upset, like the one that befell them against Progres in 2017. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

 

Verdict

It’s extremely short notice, but at least the details have now been confirmed. 960 Bears will have the opportunity to watch their team in action, as long as they can find a way to get to Gibraltar by Tuesday afternoon.
This also hastens the team’s preparations. They will have two days less than originally anticipated to gear up for the clash.
However, that shouldn’t be an issue for Steven Gerrard and his playing staff. With respective UEFA coefficients of 5.250 and 0.800 [Kassiesa], there should be night and day between the two clubs.
The job still needs to be done though and buoyed by Tuesday’s win, St Joseph’s must be taken seriously.
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