Clubs outwith the SPFL Premiership and Championship were thrown into turmoil this week when the Scottish FA suspended football until the end of the month at the earliest [Twitter] – and it has left a number of Rangers loanees in limbo.

While some, like Lewis Mayo and Rhys Breen will get to continue playing for Dunfermline and Queen of the South in the Championship, the likes of Kieran Wright at Partick and Matty Shiels, Cammy Palmer and Jack Thomson at Clyde face anxious waits to see when they’ll get to play again.

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Wright has impressed for Partick this season (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

While the current suspension is only planned to last until January 31, there are fears that it could be extended and leave clubs waiting even longer to get back playing.

The Gers youngsters are away from Rangers so they can get games and if there isn’t any football for them to play then it won’t help their development in the long-term.

Although it would be unfair to point the finger at clubs, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rangers have to alter their plans for further loan departures this month and try get more players heading south of the border.

The decision to halt football outwith the top two divisions hasn’t been a popular one and, if extended, will have major impacts on the development of young players in Scotland.

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Matty Shiels is currently with Clyde (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hopefully, the players out on loan can come back to Rangers for the time being and work with the Gers’ coaching staff as they wait for news on when theyll be able to play again.

Rangers fans were in buoyant mood after Celtic dropped points to Hibs as the thought of a four-month title procession threatens to become reality week by week.

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