The coronavirus is that big a crisis of global proportions that not even football is immune from its complications, but could it soon impact Rangers?

The Chinese borne virus has saw countries across the globe go into shut down as the global community try desperately to contain the spread of the infection.

Now, Newcastle United have banned a daily routine of handshakes in training on the advice of club doctors [Guardian].

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Newcastle United have had to alter daily routines in training as a precaution. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It’s not the only footballing case which has been impacted by the coronavirus either.

January Manchester United signing Odion Ighalo joined the Old Trafford club from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

The Premier League club was forced to “quarantine” the striker as checks were carried out over his transfer into the United Kingdom [Times].


Fears around the virus might not have Rangers changing their daily routines and rituals – just yet at least – but it could impact their European adventures.


The Ibrox club is famed for the thousands in their travelling support and are set to take huge numbers to Germany after the club was drawn against Bayer Leverkusen.

But had Rangers been drawn against an Italian outfit like Inter Milan or Roma, there would’ve been serious discussions had over fan travel.

There is a growing outbreak of the infection in Italy with the southern European nation Europe’s worst affected country.

The coronavirus is thought to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan [BBC News]. (Photo by Getty Images)

Newcastle United’s decision to ban handshakes is a reminder of the seriousness of the growing coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus hasn’t appeared to directly affect Rangers or their fans yet but should we keep this European adventure up, something could well give in the coming months.

That’s if it doesn’t at the Rangers Training Centre before then.

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