Rangers handed boost ahead of must-win USG Champions League tie

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Rangers handed boost ahead of must-win USG Champions League tie

Rangers have been handed a major boost ahead of the club’s Champions League return against Union Saint Gilloise with Alfredo Morelos expected to be fit for the clash.

The Ibrox side are counting the cost of some pretty substantial absentees as a lacklustre Gers team failed to inspire in a spirit-crushing 2-0 defeat to last season’s Pro League runners up.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been clear that if his side put in a repeat performance like the one they did on Tuesday evening they stand no chance of qualifying but for now the tie hangs in the balance.

Rangers fans know that much of their success will come down to the inclusion of their top players with Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent’s absence particularly felt on the night.

But speaking after the game, Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, himself not blameless for a tame Ibrox showing on the continent, suggested Alfredo will return in time for the second leg.

“Yeah I think that’s realistic [Alfredo Morelos to be available v USG],” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers Review].

“He’s been training with us for quite some time and is getting better and sharper every day. We also had him in the UEFA list for this round so hopefully he will continue and will be there next week.”

Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos could return for Rangers v USG

The Dutchman also gave a positive update regarding Ryan Kent, suggesting the £7m ex-Liverpool winger could even return against Kilmarnock this weekend.

The clash with Union Saint Gilloise highlighted precisely how much Rangers rely on their maverick winger and if the club can get both Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos back it would be a substantial Champions League boost.

The Rangers manager also confirmed the club are assessing the situation with John Souttar, who also never travelled with the squad.

“Ryan had a bad moment on Saturday when he had some problems with his ankle,” said van Bronckhorst.

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“Hopefully he will be better for Saturday or Tuesday. John also has a problem so we are assessing him. We know exactly what the problem is and that’s why he didn’t travel with us.”

With Champions League qualification worth £40m, this boost could be the difference between having a Playoff shot at the tournament and the genuine fortune that comes with it.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans are asking questions of BBC Scotland after an interview with an ex-Ibrox player this week.

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