Rangers' domestic double dream given boost by First Minister's announcement
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Rangers' domestic double dream given boost by First Minister's announcement

Rangers’ domestic double dreams have been revived after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that football outside the top two tiers can resume for competitive fixtures – meaning the Scottish Cup should return to the schedule imminently

The Light Blues are on the brink of the club’s first major trophy in a decade as they close in on the league title and could make it two from three domestically if they can get their hands on the Scottish Cup.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

With the competition halted as a result of clubs beneath the Championship being unable to play, Sturgeon this afternoon confirmed that the Public Health Minister will give the return to play approval.

“Later today, the Public Health Minister will support the resumption of competitive football in Scottish Leagues One and Two, the Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 and for the purposes of playing Scottish Cup ties, certain Highland League teams,” Sturgeon said.

“I hope this news will be welcomed by football fans across the country.”

Rangers were due to face Cove in January in the Third Round but will have to try and potentially squeeze in several rounds to get the competition completed on time.

With Hampden due to be handed over to UEFA in May for Euro 2020, there’s no window to delay the final without a change of venue away from the national stadium.

Nicola Sturgeon gives a press conference (Photo by JEFF J MITCHELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

That could come later and the Scottish FA will hopefully provide an update imminently on plans to restart the tournament.

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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