Steven Gerrard has fired a first warning to the SFA ahead of a season-defining fixture list that could become difficult for Rangers to finish.

The Light Blues are well-placed to go far in the Europa League after securing a 4-3 win at Royal Antwerp that they will look to defend in the reverse fixture on Thursday.

But they could become a victim of their own success if they do make it into the last 16.

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The Scottish Cup is a prestigious competition that the Gers have failed to win since 2009 but with their current dominance in the country, they will be eyeing this trophy up with confidence.

However the competition was brought to a temporary halt when lockdown restrictions prevented lower-league clubs from competing and thus the third-round has yet to be played, though according to Record Sport the SFA are hell-bent on ensuring it gets completed.

As quoted by the Daily Record website Gerrard is fearful of the challenges that will bring his side, saying: “We have to wait until March 1 to see what the situation is with the Scottish Cup. If that was to go ahead and we’re still in Europe we may have a conversation with the authorities.”

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We can only help ourselves

Are we really expecting any help from the authorities?

They haven’t shown much appetite to do much for us of late with the recent retrospective punishments handed out to star strikers Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe.

We won’t hold our breath on them doing much to solve this problem.

It might be a case of pure prioritisation for Gerrard and his coaching staff as they bid to make this a historic season for the ages.

With nine Premiership fixtures still to go, as well as a potential seven Europa League games if all goes to plan, the games are coming thick and fast for the Light Blues.

But we’d rather be in our position than those who crashed out of Europe in the group stages.

Gerrard has assembled a terrific squad that is capable of competing on all front and he may just have to use his fringe players if the Scottish Cup gets the go ahead, particularly if the radical idea of a ‘Festival of football’ comes to fruition with three rounds bein crammed into a ten-day window before the mooted April dates for the semi-finals.

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