Aribo, Ojo qualifies for Europa League as SPFL ends season

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo and winger Oluwaseyi Ojo have both qualified to play at the UEFA Europa League next season after the Scottish Professional Football League ends the season and crowned Celtic champions.

Rangers were 2nd on the SPFL table with 67 points, 13 points behind champions Celtic who have now won the title for nine consecutive seasons.

According to BBC Sports, the decision to end the season was taken on Monday after the 12 clubs agreed at a board meeting last week that completing the campaign was not possible.

The decision was also taken based on the average points per game to determine the final standings which see St Johnstone go sixth, above Hibernian.

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SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said the league was left with “no realistic option” than to end the season and congratulated Celtic while commiserating with Hearts.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster added the “clear and unanimous view” of the club was that the games could not be played and that the league can now pay out around £7m of prize money immediately.

“The focus will now turn to how we get football up and running again safely as soon as possible. Nobody should be under any illusion as to how complicated and difficult a challenge it will be to return Scottish football to normality,” he said.

Rangers and Motherwell, both finishing the season in 2nd and 3rd places respectively will play in the Europa League qualification rounds for a place at the group stages of the competition, while Hearts have been relegated.

SPFL league table
2019/20 SPFL final standing

Super Eagles midfielder Aribo has played 48 times during the 2019/2020 season, scoring 9 goals and 8 assists in all competitions. He made his debut for Nigeria in an international friendly match against Ukraine in September 2019, scoring in the 2-2 draw.

Aribo also scored in a friendly match against Brazil in October and has since made 4 appearances for the 3-times African champions.

Liverpool winger, Oluwaseyi Ojo is a Nigerian footballer currently playing for England under 21. He is on loan at Rangers who is managed by Kop legend, Steven Gerard.

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