As the outbreak of COVID-19 threatens to put a halt to the Scottish and European footballing calendar, spare a thought for the Scottish coefficient.

Such has been Rangers and Celtic’s success in the Europa League this season the nation was in pole position to be awarded two Champions League qualification spaces in 2021/22.

But despite league titles, European competitions and EURO 2020 being at the forefront of the discussion, there’s certainly a conversation to be had around the coefficient points.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard’ superb Europa League run with Rangers helped Scotland to 15th place in the coefficient table. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If European competition is scrapped, will the points accrued this season still have an impact come 2021/22?

Does the European governing body just keep the current table as is despite Scotland’s coefficient competitors still having the opportunity to climb the table?

Both Greece (Olympiakos) and Switzerland (FC Basel) have competitors in the Europa League and sit 17th and 18th in the UEFA coefficient table.

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Scotland currently occupies that dual Champions League qualification space in 15th.

Would Rangers fans be hypocrites to suggest this but also claim Celtic are talking mince regarding their claim to the title?

The coefficient question might not be at the forefront of the debate and undoubtedly there are more immediately pressing matters to contend with.

But when UEFA meets with the 55 member countries on Tuesday amid coronavirus call-offs around the continent, It will surely form part of the discussion.

It might be a while before Rangers fans see European football at Ibrox again. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

This season was one of the biggest collective European achievements from a Scottish point of view in a generation.

But fans could soon be waking up the realisation that due to the suspension of European competition, it could all be for nothing.

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