By Joe Ellis

22nd Apr, 2022 | 12:03pm

Rangers fixture change frustrates Motherwell boss Graham Alexander

Rangers were finally granted their request to move this weekend’s game against Motherwell forward 24 hours after days of debate.

The Light Blues were originally scheduled to travel to Fir Park on Sunday but with their Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig on Thursday, they asked to have the match moved to help their chances on the continent.

The Scottish FA eventually granted this request on Tuesday but Motherwell manager Graham Alexander wasn’t happy with the length of time it took to make the decision.

“The delay in the decision is the thing that frustrates me and us at Motherwell,” Alexander said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.

“Our first communication was last Friday morning and we understood all the opinions of Rangers, the league, the police, this, that and the other and we said if it was for the benefit for everyone we could go with it.

“But we wanted a decision so we could organise our training week differently because obviously it was all geared up for a Sunday game.

“We didn’t find out that it was going to be a Saturday game until late afternoon on Tuesday which is not good really to be fair.

“We still trained but to take that long – I know there is different factors and we have to understand all the different issues around changing a fixture – but I don’t think it should take four or five days to do that.

“So apart from that, I think it is the right thing to do.”

Beneficial

Rangers have Motherwell to thank for accepting the decision because it could have been very easy for them to say ‘no chance’ and get that potential advantage over the opposition.

But they, thankfully, recognised that this amazing run Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are on is massively helping the Scottish Premiership’s coefficient in Europe.

The better Scottish teams do in continental competitions, the more places potentially open up for other teams in the division and that could be Motherwell who benefit.

A Europa League or Conference League place extra might be all that is needed to get more Scottish sides challenging in Europe and it might also reduce the number of qualifiers they have to play too.

Alexander makes a good point that it took way too long to sort out considering both clubs were eager to go ahead with the plans but at least the right decision was made eventually.

This extra day of preparation might be all that is required for the Gers to upset the applecart and earn another shock win in Germany and reach the final in style.

In other Rangers news, the latest injury news could open the door for this Gers outcast to get a second chance to impress at Ibrox.