Injuries ease for Stevie G as squad flies to Europe

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Allan McGregor of Rangers FC reacts during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 01, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

As Rangers fly to Gibraltar, Steven Gerrard has confirmed his final man squad for the UEL clash tomorrow.

And the news is good for Allan McGregor whose scan at the weekend at least allows him to travel overseas, unlike the stricken Leon Balogun and Brandon Barker who remain at home instead.

McGregor had a knee issue, and it’s obviously kept him sidelined for weeks, but his scan at the weekend has come back as not bad enough to keep him home as well, and he returns to the squad for the first time in around a month.

Naturally Jon McLaughlin has been pretty impressive in his place, and McGregor’s place back in the squad doesn’t mean he gets his place back in the XI, but it’s good to know an injury case may now be over.

And it’s also reassuring to know Rangers appear to have two very serious contenders for the number one shirt – and that the primary one now has genuine competition for the shirt.

In the days of Wes, McGregor had no competition – his understudy wasn’t in the same class, and Wes was never a serious choice.

That’s changed with McLaughlin, and now McGregor has to earn his place back like anyone else.

He’s now fit and available to try to do that.