Up to nine Rangers players out of Champions League trip to Liverpool


Up to nine Rangers players out of Champions League trip to Liverpool

Rangers head into their Champions League Battle of Britain trip to Liverpool with major doubts hanging over nine first team players.

Several Ibrox stars are officially ruled out of the clash with doubts lingering over others as the club continues to suffer from injury and suspension issues.

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Jon McLaughlin hasn’t been seen since the double 4-0 demolitions at the hands of Celtic and Ajax as he continues to work his way back from injury and surrenders the gloves to Allan McGregor.

USA defensive midfielder turned defender James Sands has been banned for this clash courtesy of that red card against Napoli and it begs a question at centre-back.

Ex-Liverpool defender Ben Davies returned to the starting XI v Hearts and was subbed off at half-time, with Connor Goldson a shoo-in to start and it between Davies and teenager Leon King for an Anfield berth.

This is because two Rangers first-teamers in summer signing John Souttar and long-term defensive absentee Filip Helander are now out until after the World Cup.

“With John Souttar, I think we will expect him after the World Cup so that is still very long term still,” said Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst [Herald].

“The same for Filip, I don’t know the timescale for his injury.”

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In midfield, Ianis Hagi is another who is out until after the tournament in Qatar with Nmandi Ofoborh’s heart defect meaning he joins the Gers stars ruled out of this clash.

Tom Lawrence – who was touted for a weekend return against Hearts – missed the clash at Tynecastle and there are major doubts around him being available for the trip to Anfield.

Alex Lowry, who is yet to appear for the first team this season due to a series of injuries, is also considered a major doubt for the clash.

Finally, Rangers striker Kemar Roofe – who teased fans regarding a potential return to the squad over the weekend – still appears some ways away from a return, even if he’s back in training.

“Kemar Roofe is training now, big parts of the training session with us,” said van Bronckhorst ahead of the 4-0 win over Hearts.

“We need to keep assessing him in his load as well to see when he is back. Hopefully it is sooner rather than later, especially for Kemar himself but also for me as a coach.”

Rangers players to miss Liverpool clash: James Sands, John Souttar, Fil Helander, Ianis Hagi, Nmandi Ofoborh

Rangers doubts for Liverpool clash: Jon McLaughlin, Tom Lawrence, Alex Lowry, Kemar Roofe

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