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Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers are in a difficult position as they plan a training camp in the United Arab Emirates because of a 1998 visit to Israel.

The local authorities in the UAE have told the club that any member of the party found to have an Israeli stamp in his passport may not be allowed to enter their country and could be deported.

The Glasgow club visited Israel for a UEFA Cup clash in 1998 and drew 1-1 with Betar Jerusalem. Three of their current players were also in the that team - captain Barry Ferguson, defender Lorenzo Amoruso and Craig Moore.

The Rangers management is desperately trying to get new passports for their players but regardless of this their plans for the camp have already been changed as a local club has pulled out of a scheduled practice match without giving an explanation.

In any event, Rangers will meet German Bundesliga outfit Energie Cottbus.

There have been several voices in Scotland questioning the propriety of holding the camp at in a country which is creating needless obstacles and with the team having to travel to such a distant destination.

Another point that has been questioned is whether there will be any advantage gained from the camp because of the great distance from home.