Serie A chief, Gabriele Gravina, has suggested that UEFA are considering extending the deadline for the completion of domestic leagues to July and August, as quoted by the Daily Record, in a move which would affect Rangers.

Ever since the suspension of the Scottish Premiership and all UEFA club competitions amid the global health crisis, there has been uncertainty surrounding if and when fixtures will resume.

Discussions headed by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin could affect Rangers.
Discussions headed by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin could affect Rangers. (Photo by Lukas Schulze – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

European football’s governing body took the unprecedented step of pushing Euro 2020 back a year, to give national associations until the end of June to complete their domestic leagues.

However, given the severity of the current threat to public health and the drastic measures taken by governments in order to combat the virus, that deadline looks increasingly unlikely to be met.

Gravina claims that as a result, UEFA are considering freeing up the entire summer.

“It depends,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record, when asked when was the latest possible end date for the 2019/20 season.”It’s harder for Italy because we have 13 games to catch up on and we’ll also probably have to fit in European games.”

“Right now it doesn’t make sense to talk about dates. We need to be aware that to finish our league it will take 45-60 days.

“If we’re granted the months of July and August, which UEFA and all the federations are moving toward, that could be the period we’re talking about.”

Gravina has suggested that further extensions to the current season are possible. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Verdict

The postponement of Euro 2020 has already caused major logistical headaches for UEFA, but clearing the entire summer calendar would constitute an even bigger step.

Given Rangers have only nine games left in their season, it would theoretically take the Gers less time to fulfil their remaining fixtures than the top-flight clubs in Italy.

However, it’s still likely to take at least a month to complete all matches and representatives from various clubs, including Hearts’ CEO Ann Budge [Heartsfc.co.uk] and Partick Thistle boss Ian McCall [Not The Old Firm], have suggested there’s unlikely to be any football in this country until August.

If that does turn out to be the case, it may still prove impossible to finish the current campaign before the start of September.

Either way, extending the deadline into late summer would make major changes necessary to both the 2020/21 Premiership campaign and to the qualifying processes for next season’s Champions and Europa Leagues.

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