Rangers v FC Ufa: Russian side given green light to travel after visa delay


Ufa (in white) warmed up for their trip to Ibrox with a 3-0 league defeat by Dinamo Moscow on Monday

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Rangers’ Europa League match with FC Ufa on Thursday will go ahead as planned after the Russian side were granted UK visas.

Ufa had faced difficulties in receiving documentation to fulfil the play-off round first-leg match at Ibrox.

But a spokesman for competition organiser Uefa told BBC Scotland: “The situation is now resolved and the team have their visas.

“They will travel as planned to Glasgow tomorrow [Wednesday].”

Earlier, Ufa managing director Shamil Gazizov had told Russia’s TASS news agency: “Normally it takes three to five days to get UK visas, but we’re going to get them in a day.

“I’d like to thank Uefa and the Russian Football Union for their assistance in this process.”

Russian cyclist Igor Frolov was recently unable to take part in the European Championships held in Glasgow after failing to acquire a UK visa in time.

Ufa are 11th in the 16-team Russian Premier League, and were beaten 3-0 by Dinamo Moscow on Monday.

They are the last obstacle in Rangers’ path to the Europa League group stage.

Steven Gerrard’s men have overcome Macedonian side Shkupi, Croatian outfit Osijek and Maribor of Slovenia in their three qualifying rounds.