Rangers star Ryan Jack could yet play in front of supporters at Euro 2020 as the Scotland midfielder prepares to play key part of a historic campaign with the national side.
This will be Scotland’s first major tournament in 22 years as the nation prepares to face the Czech Republic, Croatia and England in their first campaign since the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit at the worst possible time for the event’s organisers with this tournament in particular set to take place across 12 cities around Europe.
Traditionally tournaments are consigned to one country or a small group of neighbouring countries but despite travel restrictions and Covid-19 UEFA say there are no plans to amend the tournament.
More than that, the event organisers are also holding out hope that the matches will be played out in front of supporters.
The entire thing seems fantastical given current travel restrictions with a rapidly mutating virus directly impacting travel around the continent.
“UEFA is committed to holding EURO 2020 in the 12 cities originally planned,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin [UEFA].
“The EURO is the flagship competition for national team football in Europe and is a vital source of funding for grassroots and wider football development.
“I am optimistic that things are highly likely to be very different with regard to the virus as we move closer to the tournament and it is important that we give the host cities and governments as much time as we can to formulate an accurate picture of what will be possible come June and July.
“Fans are such a big part of what makes football special and that is true of the EURO as much as it is of any game. We must allow ourselves the maximum space to allow their return to the stadiums.”
The Independent claim that some sources believe that UEFA are “insistent” the previous plans can work but expect more to come from this of course.
It’s not just Ryan Jack who’ll be gearing up for the competition – injuries permitting – with Jon McLaughlin, Glen Kamara, Filip Helander, Borna Barisic and Cedric Itten eyeing places at the tournament.