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Liverpool and Rangers are still expecting their Champions League matches to go ahead next week, despite the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Reds are scheduled to tackle Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday evening, with the Gers set for a showdown with Napoli at Ibrox on the identical night.

News of the Queen’s passing was announced on Thursday evening, with the Premier League and Scottish Premiership subsequently deciding to postpone all matches this weekend. There was no official announcement from UEFA about whether European games involving English and Scottish clubs will probably be canned next week. But, in line with the Liverpool Echo, the Reds expect to welcome Ajax to Merseyside and are planning for the clash as normal.

Rangers, meanwhile, released an announcement on Friday to substantiate that their encounter with Napoli is scheduled to go ahead as planned. “At this difficult time for the UK, we’re cognisant of ongoing uncertainty regarding supporter arrangements and travel plans for next week,” read the statement.

“We’re aware of policing and resource pressures, especially on Tuesday, thirteenth September. We are able to confirm that discussions are going down between UEFA, Police Scotland and Rangers regarding our scheduled UEFA Champions League fixture v Napoli on Tuesday, thirteenth September. As present, the sport is scheduled to happen on the scheduled date and time.”

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Liverpool and Rangers will now be waiting for updates from UEFA in the approaching days. And the European football governing body, who posted a message in tribute to Her Majesty on Thursday, might want to act quickly in the event that they do determine to postpone the games.

“European football offers sincere condolences to The Royal Family and residents of the UK and Commonwealth realms,” read a UEFA statement. “UEFA informs that a moment of silence was observed at matches involving British teams tonight as a mark of respect following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

And UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin added: “UEFA and European football are truly saddened by the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, one in all the world’s most-respected figures. Our thoughts are along with her family and the President of the English Football Association, Prince William, in addition to with the residents of the UK and Commonwealth realms.”

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