With Hearts just two days away, Ibrox Noise brings you all the Rangers team news from Govan and takes a look at who is available and who isn’t:
In goals, McGregor and McCrorie vie again for the shirt with McLaughlin continuing to be unavailable, thankfully. Why do we get a horrible feeling the second he’s fit again he’ll be in goal again?
In defence Helander and Souttar aren’t even worth discussing, and King is of course injured, with the definite available players being Tav, Devine, Goldson, Sands, Davies, Yilmaz and Barisic. Davies might hope to play a role in this one, but that’s the likely pool Gio has to work with. We’re crossing our fingers King is ready in time.
Midfield sees John Lundstram and Ryan Jack almost certainly start, with Davis and Kamara benched. There’s also absolutely no other options in here. For an area of the pitch fans were convinced needed no new talent, it’s a bit thin. Unless we add Arfield.
In attacking zones Ryan Kent is completely out of form, but we hope Tom Lawrence will be fit in time as Gio does. We’ve missed him. Matondo will be champing at the bit to play as well, while Wright pushes as well. Kemar Roofe has dropped major hints he is FINALLY ready as well, but we’ll believe that when we see it. Tillman is fresh off another cap and Sakala too albeit his Zambia match was rained off. Lowry is nearing fitness but still is short.
And up front it’s as you were with Morelos and Colak the two options available.
There, thankfully, are no new injuries since Leon King’s knock in the break, and everyone else that was available before the break still is, with the potential for Roofe and Lawrence in there too.
So the seeming present squad to face Hearts:
McGregor, McCrorie, Devine, Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Yilmaz, Barisic, Lundstram, Kamara, Davis, Jack, Arfield, Kent, Tillman, Matondo, Wright, Sakala, Colak, Morelos.
Honourable nods to King, Roofe, Lowry and Lawrence many of whom are getting closer, with three of those real possibilities to face Hearts.
(almost) Definitely out:
McLaughlin, Helander, Souttar, Hagi and Ofoborh.