Rangers stars will face Czech Republic after UEFA intervention
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Rangers trio get international go ahead after UEFA intervention

Rangers trio Ryan Jack, Jon McLaughlin and Robby McCrorie will face the Czech Republic on Monday after all following intervention from UEFA.

The Czech FA stated last night that they wouldn’t be playing the game as a result of Covid-19 fears within their camp with several clubs withdrawing their players.

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After talks between all three sides, Steve Clarke’s side will now head to Olomouc for the second game in the campaign as they look to build on last night’s 1-1 draw with Israel, with Jack the only Rangers player involved.

Viktoria Plzen, Slavia and Sparta Pragueall withdrew players after one of the Czech staff tested positive for Covid-19 and the hosts’ team will now be made up of “new players and staff.”

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell admitted he was surprised to hear the game wouldn’t take place before speaking with UEFA and the Czech FA and confirming the fixture is going ahead as planned

“We were as surprised as UEFA to learn of the statement posted on the official FACR channels last night,” Maxwell said. “Following extensive conversations late last night and this morning we have received categorical assurance that the match goes ahead.

“Furthermore, Czech Republic have confirmed they will be able to fulfil their obligations to the match and, more importantly, to the stringent COVID-19 testing regime that is sacrosanct to ensure the safety of our players and staff.

“While we empathise with all national associations during this period of global uncertainty, none the less we required and received absolute assurance that we will be entering a safe and secure environment having worked diligently in Scotland to maintain safety and adherence to UEFA’s necessary COVID-19 protocols.”

 

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