Rangers in talks for major change to Champions League

Rangers in talks for major change to Champions League
Rangers' Dutch manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst (L) speaks with Rangers' English midfielder John Lundstram (R) during a training session at Murray Park, in Auchenhowie, on the outskirts of Glasgow, on September 6, 2022 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group A football match against Ajax Amsterdam. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers are to have next week’s Champions League clash with Napoli switched with the reverse fixture to happen instead, if current talks with UEFA reap fruit.

With the passing of Her Majesty, Britain is in a state of transition, and as a mark of respect for Her the club doesn’t want to go ahead with a match at home next week, and instead would rather travel to Naples for the reverse fixture, seeing a simple switch of matches.

Of course, it does mean Rangers would have another away match in Europe under the struggling Giovanni van Bronckhorst, meaning three away in a row with Aberdeen having been postponed, so football-wise it probably puts the club at a disadvantage.

But with several days of mourning upon us soon, it’s deemed the only possible solution in honour of the club and fans’ respect for Her Majesty.

Equally, UEFA do not have to grant it, meaning the match would either be completely postponed or quite simply go ahead, but neither of these seem entirely viable.

It isn’t fully clear what other British clubs in Europe are doing for their home fixtures next week, with a lot of decision-making being made, but these are now uncertain times so we’ll await further updates.

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  1. It’s not the “only possible solution”. Just play the game at Ibrox. Travel plans have been made and travel tickets have been bought by fans. To have another call off would be another kick in the teeth and a financial loss for travelling fans.

    Golf, Rugby, Cricket and loads of other sports went ahead this weekend and nobody seemed to care.

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