Ibrox Sources: Four Rangers stars have headed overseas after outbreak
Four Rangers stars have jetted overseas to their homelands after the coronavirus pandemic led to the suspension of the Scottish season, Football Insider understands.
The Glasgow giants gave the option to their foreign players at the start of last week to travel home if they desired.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that this invitation was accepted by Alfredo Morelos and Borna Barisic as well as loan duo Ianis Hagi and Florian Kamberi.
The fifth member of Rangers’ overseas quintet, Nikola Katic, opted to remain in Glasgow and continue training from home.
Steven Gerrard’s players, like those at other elite clubs across Scotland, England and Europe’s major league, are confined to training alone at home and following individual tailored fitness programmes.
They have been given nutritional plans to help them stay within a healthy body-fat percentage, and the figures will be closely scrutinised by Gerrard and his coaching staff.
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The Scottish FA announced last week that its leagues would not recommence before 30 April at the earliest.
The reality is that it is likely to be at least another month, going into June, before the suspension can be lifted.
Ruling bodies north and south of the border are making plans behind the scenes over how to finish the campaign in line with updated government rules over dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict new curbs on UK life earlier this week that placed Scotland in virtual lockdown for a minimum of three weeks, preventing social gatherings of more than two people at one time.
Rangers’ public stance is that the “final standings can only be confirmed when all games have been completed” and “any attempt to finish the season with a significant amount of games still to play, impacts upon the integrity of sport in Scotland”.