It has now been confirmed that Rangers will be without Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan for their first Europa League group match with Villarreal.
It was previously believed that Morelos and Flanagan would be available due to an ambiguous sounding rule.
But UEFA have now confirmed to Rangers News that the pair remain suspended.
Confusing rules, but should’ve been clarified
Section 48.04 of UEFA’s Disciplinary Laws and Procedures states “Exceptionally, all yellow cards and pending yellow card suspensions expire on completion of the play-offs.”
It was believed that this included red cards brought on from two yellow cards.
After speaking to the disciplinary team at UEFA, we can now tell you that this isn’t the case.
Rangers will proceed with their tie in Spain without the two players.
Big loss to Rangers’ chances
Losing Alfredo Morelos in particular is a big loss to the Gers chances.
The striker is a key figure away from home and leads the line superbly. He’s also excellent at stretching and holding up play. It’s one of the reasons rejected approaches for the striker in the summer.
Flanagan is a solid option in either full back position and his experience could be a big miss in this game.
The tie with Villarreal kicks off at 17:55 on the 20th September.