Rangers will be able to continue signing players from the European Union without the need for a work permit, according to a report, after the Scottish FA came to an agreement with the Home Office to extend the current transfer system in Scotland.
After the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, there was concern over implementing new rules which would have made it much harder for Scottish clubs to bring in EU players.
According to the Daily Mail (Feb 1, Page 81), the Scottish FA’s Joint Respone Group have agreed to continue the existing system until the end of the summer transfer window – opening up more transfer opportunities for the Light Blues.
So far, the Gers have already secured deals for Scott Wright and Jack Simpson on pre-contracts but with both being British neither would have been affected by a potential change of the rules this summer.
Being able to continue signing EU nationals as easily as the Gers had pre-Brexit is a massive boost for the Gers ahead of the club returning to the Champions League next season.
While the FA have introduced new wor permit rules for EU nationals, Scotland had orginally got an extension covering the imminently-closing January window.
With another extension now in place, there will need to be a permanent solution introduced eventually – although it does seem a fair bit off.
A big celebration is being planned by Rangers fans for when the title is sealed and there’s said to be a ‘realistic chance’ of the Red Arrows playing a part.