According to the Daily Record, Lyon are yet to hear back from UEFA regarding an important request ahead of their clash against Rangers at Ibrox on Thursday night.

The French giants are facing the champions of Scotland in matchday one in Group A, with both teams coming into the fixture in good form.

Steven Gerrard is set to renew his Europa League rivalry with Peter Bosz. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Gers came from behind to defeat St Johnstone 2-1 in the Premiership on Saturday and Lyon triumphed 3-1 over Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

However, ahead of the showdown in Govan, the eligibility of three OL key players, Lucas Paqueta, Bruno Guimaraes and Tino Kadewere, is still unclear.

Paqueta and Guimaraes featured against Strasbourg after testing negative for Covid, with the former scoring and the latter notching an assist.

Yet, as they were on international duty with Brazil prior to that fixture and the South American nation is on the UK’s travel red list, they require a UEFA exemption to be allowed to travel with the squad to Glasgow.

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Attacker, Tino Kadewere, is also a doubt after playing a home World Cup Qualifier for Zimbabwe, which is also currently a red list country.

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Rangers could be boosted if UEFA refuse to grant Lyon exemptions ahead of the Ibrox clash. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Citing Le Progres, the Daily Record reported on Monday night that UEFA have yet to respond to Lyon’s request and so it’s unclear whether or not the pair will be able to feature.


A subsequent report from the Record has claimed that OL have a private jet on standby in case exemptions are granted after the rest of the squad fly to the UK.

“I am absolutely desperate to play,” Guimaraes is quoted as saying. “If necessary, I will do as many PCR tests as they want to ensure I am on the pitch on Thursday.”

It would constitute a significant boost for Rangers if the trio didn’t travel, as £17m no.10 Paqueta is a main attacking weapon for manager Peter Bosz, while Guimaraes has started every game he’s been available for this season in a holding midfield role.

UPDATE: It has since been reported by L’Equipe via Inside Futbol that both Paqueta and Guimaraes are available after an agreement was reached with UEFA.

Ahead of the matchday one, Rangers have edged ahead of Leicester and streaked clear of two other UK clubs in a Europa League poll.

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