Rangers could see themselves have an extra fixture to negotiate before heading to Celtic Park for a potential title party later this month – with the free weekend on March 13/14 likely to be used to clear the backlog of Scottish Cup ties.

After Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the return of part-time football and the Scottish Cup, Rangers will now be looking towards their postponed third round tie against Cove.

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Rangers currently have a free weekend between the two games with Slavia Prague (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Gers were meant to play the League One side in January but after the Scottish FA suspended football beneath the Championship, it was put on the back-burner indefinitely.

With the SPFL having moved games around to free up some extra dates later in the campaign, next weekend’s currently free slate – originally intended for the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup – is almost certain to be used again.


Although it will have no bearing on the outcome of the league title, Gers boss Steven Gerrard would likely have preferred the extra few days rest between the two ties with Slavia Prague in the Europa League.

The Scottish FA have confirmed new dates for the remainder of the competition will be announced as soon as possible, they’ll look to get the previously postponed games played as soon as possible.

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Rangers will be hoping to get back to Hampden for the Cup fina (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

There’s even the possibility that other Premiership fixtures could be moved into the March 13/14 weekend to create additional free space later for the Cup – although  quite how the Scottish FA manage to schedule it on time is anyone’s guess.

Many are looking to the Old Firm later this month as the date when Rangers will seal the title, but it’s possible that the Gers could be crowned champions this weekend.

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