Rangers Football Club is to take out kidnap insurance for their £70m squad after being ordered by UEFA to play the former USSR republic Dagestan, a designated war zone.

Football governing body UEFA has given the green light for the match against FC Anzhi Makhachkala, despite the Foreign Office's concerns over the safety of anyone travelling to the area.

Rangers secretary Campbell Ogilvie confirmed the club's insurance brokers would be organising “all risks” cover for the players.

There are also fears fans may travel to the region without being adequately covered by their travel insurance.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We advise people to check their travel insurance carefully, as many insurers will not insure you if we have advised you not to go. It is fair to say we had hoped UEFA would come up with an alternative venue.”

Ogilvie said the Russian government had only guaranteed safety for members of the football club delegation and not for fans.