Ondrej Kudela is now likely to touch down in the UK this week despite prior reports that the Rangers public enemy No.1 would be held back.

The 34-year-old Czech Republic international was caught up in a racism storm during the second leg of Rangers v Slavia Prague on March 18 with Glen Kamara alleging the Slavia player made a racist remark in his ear.

Kudela and his club denied these claims and controversy has been swirling ever since.

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Kudela was named in the Czech Republic squad for their international fixtures this month and he played the full 90 minutes in both games against Estonia and Belgium last week.

They are set to face Wales on Tuesday in their final outing but Czech journalist Jiri Hosek claimed that Kudela would not be flying out to Cardiff due to fears from Slavia over his safety.

However it looks like there has been a change of plan with Czech outlet Sport.Cz now reporting that “according to behind-the-scenes information Kudela will finally arrive in Cardiff”.

They also cite eyewitness accounts that say he was not present at the airport for their Monday departure but that this would not rule him out and he could still make separate arrangements.

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Unforgivable

It seemed a rather strange decision to initially block his arrival anyway.

With covid-19 protocols in place and the fact the match is taking place in Wales, not Scotland, the chances of fans arriving en masse to confront him was minimal.

Who knows what has caused the Slavia hierarchy to potentially reverse their decision.

Maybe they think everything has died down a little and events will start to subside from our memory?

Not a chance. We won’t forget what happened and how they dealt with the aftermath of it.

Whether UEFA follow through and deal with the matter in the correct way is another matter.

That’s something we don’t place great faith in but Rangers, Scotland and the rest of the UK certainly won’t forgive and forget.

In other Rangers news, Defoe eyes new Gers deal.

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