UEFA had set off warning sounds at Rangers after it had previously said that European places would be in jeopardy if seasons were finished early. 

Thankfully, they rowed back on that in a short statement following a meeting of 55 member associations on Tuesday.

In a short statement they re-iterated the desire to finish top-flight leagues across Europe, something Rangers are keen to do. However, they said there would be ‘special cases’.

The statement read: “There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions, although it is understood that there may be some special cases.

“With this in mind, UEFA is currently developing some guidelines concerning participation in its club competitions, in order to assist its member associations in case of a cancelled league or cup.”

The SPFL have the power to finish the Premiership early if fixtures can’t be completed safely.

Meanwhile, the Dutch government suspended all sport until September on Tuesday, putting the completion of the Eredivisie at risk.

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This is a welcome development from UEFA. We thought that the threat of taking European places away was a hollow and unwelcome one at the time.

The Daily Record thinks that Scotland and Belgium would be among the ‘exceptional’ cases UEFA would allow to finish seasons early.

And that has to be a very real possibility after the SPFL resolution was passed.

We don’t want that to happen – we want the Premiership title to be won on the pitch. But, if that decision is taken out of Rangers’ hands, at least we have the safety blanket of European football next season.

In other Rangers news, Ibrox Exclusive: Bruce backs Gers to ‘tie up’ major summer swoop despite ‘kick in the teeth’.

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