Three Rangers players are set to be affected after UEFA announced their decision to move the qualifying play-offs for the European Championships back from late March to June, as part of a response to the global health pandemic.
The governing body held a videoconference on Tuesday with all 55 member nations involved, and later released a statement.
UEFA today announced the postponement of UEFA EURO 2020.
A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season…
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— UEFA (@UEFA) March 17, 2020
The main takeaway was that Euro 2020 has been postponed for a year, and will now take place between 11 June and 11 July 2021.
The play-off fixtures which will decide the final four teams to qualify for the finals have also been pushed back, but they will be played this year.
Rather than the games taking place this month, they will now be played sometime in early June, ‘subject to a review of the situation’ [UEFA.com]
The three Gers affected are Ryan Jack, Steven Davis and Jordan Jones.
Jack performed well in Scotland’s midfield during their last batch of fixtures, but he’ll have to wait a few months to find out whether or not he’ll be involved when they take on Scotland in Glasgow in their semi-final.
Meanwhile, Davis and Jones now know for sure that they face a wait before a tricky trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina for Northern Ireland’s semi-final.
The former has been struggling at club level since the turn of the year but will captain the side, while the latter hasn’t played for his country since June due to a knee injury sustained in early September.