The bulk of world football is suspended due to the current global pandemic and there’s great uncertainty about if and when competitive matches will return.
However, UEFA and FIFA look to be attempting everything possible to ensure leagues are not scrapped.
Euro 2020 has already been pushed back a year to create space, while Serie A chief, Gabriele Gravina, has claimed discussions are underway to extend the current 30 June deadline for the 2019/20 campaign into August [Daily Record].
One of the major issues with that plan is that there will be many hundreds of players across the globe whose current contracts expire when the season is traditionally supposed to finish, typically around late May or early June.
There are six Rangers players who appear to be in that category: Wes Foderingham, Jon Flanagan, Andy Halliday, Sheyi Ojo (loan), Florian Kamberi (loan) and Ianis Hagi (loan).
Yet, FIFA reportedly plan to extend the contracts of all players and coaches, that are set to expire in June, until the respective domestic leagues can be completed.
“Priority is given to clubs so that they end their season with the same team, in order to safeguard the integrity of the Championships,” reads the document obtained by Reuters, as quoted by France Football.
There’s also a suggestion that in instances where internal agreements can’t be reached, FIFA could provide cash via its ‘professional footballer fund’ to help pay players during the coming months when there are no matches or training.
While that last approach is likely some way off, a mass extension of contracts would undoubtedly be good news for Rangers.
The likes of Foderingham, Flanagan and Halliday are well down the pecking order, but Hagi and Kamberi would certainly be a part of Steven Gerrard’s plans should the league season eventually resume.