Report suggests British Covid-19 rules could hamper Rangers Euro dream
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Report suggests British Covid-19 rules could hamper Rangers Euro dream

Rangers have been mentioned in an alarming report from the Daily Mail which suggests there is no guarantee footballers will be exempt from Covid-19 hotel quarantines should they be introduced to the UK.

The newspaper believes that the British government are considering introducing mandatory 10-day quarantines at airports to help quell the spread of coronavirus.

The report appears to be based on a soundbite from Boris Johnson regarding the possibility of Covid-19 hotel quarantines. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The report also claims that the move would not be fully effective unless there was no exemptions to the rule, effectively making it impossible for football to compete in European competition.

Whilst there has been absolutely no official communication that this would the case, the Mail appear to be convinced that it’s a genuine possibility.

They even name Rangers as one of the team’s affected and claim that whilst sports is currently exempt, they are claiming that this might not be the case should the hotels be introduced.

The idea of the hotels are to prevent new, potentially dangerous variants entering the country whilst the nation is undergoing a mass vaccination drive.

They appear to centre around the fact Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed the government was “definitely looking at” the potential of the hotels to prevent a “vaccine-busting variant coming in”.

Obviously, if football teams are not exempt from these rules it would make it impossible for any of the British teams involved in European competition to compete this season.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City remain in the Champions League whilst Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, and Rangers, are in the Europa League.

Rangers have performed admirably in the Europa League this season and will be hoping Covid-19 measures do not prevent them from competing. (Photo by Harold Cunningham – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The Gers are set to face off against Antwerp in the Europa League round of 32 with the first leg set to take place in Belgium on the 18th of February.

Antwerp’s newly appointed manager also mentioned Rangers this week as he pleaded with his board to sign some new players this January.

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