FIFA are considering a plan of action to deal with players who are out of contract at the end of the season.

A plethora of players in the Scottish Premiership and lower tiers have deals that expire when the current campaign is scheduled to come to an end.

However, with the league potentially being extended or running beyond its current end date as one of the numerous possible solutions, clubs could face the reality of having to play some matches without key players amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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The same applies to loan stars whose current situation would be up in the air. The likes of Celtic's Fraser Forster and Moi Elyounoussi come under the loan category while Ianis Hagi and Sheyi Ojo are among the Rangers loan contingent.

In terms of out of contract stars, Jonny Hayes, Jon Flanagan at Celtic and Rangers respectively, as well as the likes of Stephen O'Donnell at Kilmarnock, Marc McNulty and Greg Docherty at Hibs and Chris Long at Motherwell all face an anxious wait.

Football's governing body now insist they are looking into how best to handle this possibility should the decision be made to delay the season rather than void it, entirely.

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A spokesperson for FIFA said: "FIFA is analysing the current situation and the potential impact it may have on all areas of football, including [player contract issues]. More information will follow in due course."

We told how UEFA are also preparing for a meeting this week to discuss the future and the likes of Euro 2020, the Europa League and the Champions League.