The summer transfer window could be scrapped this year after FIFA confirmed they had established a working group to figure out how to protect both players and clubs after the Covid-19 outbreak – and Rangers will undoubtedly be affected if plans go ahead.
The current summer window is due to open at the start of June in Scotland and run until August 31st, but with it looking very unlikely that there will be any football before August, FIFA are taking steps to find a solution.
Authorities in England have already discussed potential options and it appears FIFA are looking to put a blanket resolution in place across the various confederations.
“On 18 March the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided to establish a FIFA-Confederations Working Group in response to COVID-19,” a FIFA spokesperson told the Mirror.
“This Working Group will assess the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ to protect contracts for both players and clubs and adjusting player registration periods.
“This work has already started and will be conducted in consultation with all key stakeholders, including confederations, member associations, clubs, leagues and players.”
Transfers are likely to be bottom of the priority list for Scottish clubs, including Rangers, with concerns over their financial security if the enforced shutdown goes on for several months.
Many clubs are concerned they won’t be able to survive without income from games and being able to sign players further down the line isn’t something which clubs are likely to be pressing on with just now.
If there is an alteration to the transfer window, it’ll be interesting to see just how long it last and whether clubs push for it to go completely.