RANGERS are on the brink of being given the go ahead to bring forward Sunday’s Premiership clash with Motherwell by 24 hours.

Ibrox chiefs are looking for the team to be given more time in Europa League preparation and spent yesterday in discussions with the SPFL, Sky TV and Police Scotland over their plea.

The league encounter is scheduled for noon at Fir Park on Sunday and they have asked for the fixture to be switched to Saturday with the same lunchtime kick-off time.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are due to play RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final first leg a week on Thursday.

A formal request was submitted to the league hierarchy on Friday.

FASHION SHOW AT FIR PARK…Fashion Sakala celebrates one of his hat-trick in the 6-1 win at Motherwell in October. Alfredo Morelos waits to congratulate his team-mate.

The plea for a change in days has been given the green light by the Lanarkshire club who say they have no problem with the switch.

Discussions over the last 48 hours have so far failed to deliver a positive outcome, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

League broadcasters Sky have been planning for back-to-back top-of-the-table coverage on Sunday, with Celtic facing Ross County in Dingwall at 2.30pm.

They have entered into dialogue along with cops, who have a huge say in any potential switch. Talks are expected to be concluded today.

A spokesman said: “The SPFL has received a request from Rangers to move forward their game with Motherwell on Sunday to assist with their preparations for the Leipzig game.

“The SPFL have been in discussions with Motherwell, Sky Sports and Police Scotland regarding the request.”

The Hoops are six points ahead with five games to go, including a visit from the Ibrox team on May 1 in a fixture which will go a long way to deciding the destination of this season’s flag.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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