Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has insisted that the season must be finished for “the integrity of the game.”

Leagues around the world have been stopped as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the former Rangers boss is adamant there must be a conclusion on the pitch.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Mark Warburton, Manager of Queens Park Rangers looks on prior to the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on January 05, 2020 in London, England.

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The former Gers boss thinks fans also want that to happen and insists that leagues “absolutely have to finish this season.”

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“I feel very strongly that we have to finish this season,” Warburton told Sky Sports News.

“I feel so strongly that for the integrity of the game – we’re 80 per cent through – we absolutely have to finish this season.

“And supporters want to hear that, they want that confirmation.”

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The former Ibrox boss also thinks there needs to be some out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to a solution.

 

The QPR gaffer thinks leagues will need to adapt and insists that if there has to be change then so be it.

“I keep hearing comments about next season – there has to be pain somewhere, there has to be change, it can’t be all as normal,” Warburton added.

“So if that means next season is condensed, so be it. If the Champions League reverts back to a knockout stage we had a few years ago, for one season, so be it. If the playoffs this season become one-legged affairs, third playing sixth at home, so be it.

“We’ve got to adapt, we can’t talk about unprecedented times, unchartered waters, and then expect no change.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Rangers manager Mark Warburton looks on during a pre-season friendly between Rangers FC and Burnley FC at Ibrox Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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QPR were in 13th place in the Championship when the EFL suspended all matches on March 13th and looked were only six points off a playoff spot.

While Warburton wants the season to be played to a conclusion, with it looking like football could be suspended for several months, the disruption to future seasons would also end up being hugely damaging.

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