UEFA have listed a 23-man Rangers squad on their website ahead of the Gers’ Champions League Third Qualifying Round tie against Mälmo.

Alfredo Morelos got the nod, as did Ryan Jack, despite the fact that neither player is likely to be available for Tuesday’s first leg.

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Jack is awaiting the all-clear from a specialist before returning to action. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Kemar Roofe and Glen Kamara have also been included despite being ineligible for both legs against the Swedish giants.

That’s because they must be listed in order to see out their suspensions.

Other key players like Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Steven Davis and Ryan Kent have all been named, while Jake Hastie is a left-field inclusion [UEFA.com].

However, there are six notable absentees.

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None of Jon McLaughlin, Nathan Patterson, Nikola Katic, Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker or Jermain Defoe have been included.

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Jon McLaughlin is one of several Rangers first-team players to miss out on the initial Champions League squad. (Photo by ADAM JASTRZEBOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Katic was always going to be up against it to get the nod given how much action he has missed through injury and how intense the competition for places is at centre-back, while Defoe wasn’t involved after the qualifying stages of the Europa League last season in a bid to keep him fresh for league duty.

 

The 38-year-old could still travel with the group for European assignments in a coaching capacity.

Barker will no doubt be disappointed to miss out, having been involved in some big European nights in the past, while Hastie’s inclusion ahead of Jones could be the latest sign that the Northern Ireland international’s future is elsewhere.

McLaughlin and Patterson are the final two notable absentees.

In the former’s absence, Robby McCrorie will provide backup for McGregor, but Patterson could still feature because as a homegrown player born after January 2000, he can be named on the ‘B List’, which must be submitted by midnight the day before the game in question.

UEFA have also released the results of their Goal of the Season award, an accolade Kemar Roofe was in the running for.

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