Five Rangers players in line for call-ups to the Qatar World Cup 2022
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Five Rangers players in line for call-ups to the Qatar World Cup 2022

Rangers face hectic schedule ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 but whilst some of the squad will get a breather, others will be called up to represent their nations at the tournament.

The Ibrox side stop for the World Cup break away to St Mirren on November 12th and won’t be back in action until they host Hibernian on the 17th of December.

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In the mean time there is going to be up to five Rangers players flying the flag for their respective countries with four of them set to potentially be involved in one game.

Malik Tillman

Rangers attacking midfielder Malik Tillman is loan from Bayern Munich for the season with the Ibrox side retaining a reported £5m option-to-buy come the end of the campaign.

So far the 20-year-old has shown flashes of what he is capable of at Ibrox but like all young players has struggled for consistency in the early part of his Gers career.

German born but eligible for the USA through one of his parents, Tillman came through the German youth ranks but the States have offered him two caps to date and fast-tracked him into the first team.

If things continue as they are at Rangers, expect to see him on the plane to Qatar.

James Sands

James Sands is another American international loan-to-buy option for Rangers and someone who – like Tillman – is going through a spell of inconsistency.

Only unlike Tillman, the 22-year-old is doing it at the heart of defence instead of in midfielder or attack.

Traditionally a defensive midfielder, James Sands has shown himself to be an astute deputy at centre-back amid much injury problems in the Rangers squad.

But with other performances rocky, it’ll be interesting to see if James Sands can add to his seven caps ahead of the tournament in the Middle East.

Tom Lawrence

A summer signing from Derby County, Tom Lawrence has impressed in the early part of his Rangers career but like so many of his Ibrox teammates is now on the treatment table.

Rangers’ record for signing players who spend as much or more time on the treatment table than they do the pitch is genuinely astonishing and Lawrence will be hoping to return to action as soon as possible.

A shoo-in for the Wales squad, Lawrence would also turn out against teammates Tillman and Sands should they be selected, with the USA in Group B alongside Wales, England and Iran.

Rabbi Matondo

Lawrence’s Welsh teammate Rabbi Matondo has struggled to make the same impression as his international counterpart since joining Rangers this summer.

But like the Welsh wizard the young winger is a regular feature in the Welsh squad and is expected to join up with the nation for the World Cup in Qatar.

Rangers fans will be hoping to see more of what Matondo can offer before then and let’s hope the ex-Schalke winger can find his feet and some form at Ibrox.

Borna Barisic

Had this summer gone differently, we might not be considering Borna Barisic in this list but as things have transpired the Croatian international has been one of our top performers.

After losing Calvin Bassey, Borna has made the left-back slot at Rangers his own and the defender has been a regular in the Croatia squads of the last few years.

With Croatia beaten finalists in the last World Cup in Russia, expectations are high this time around and they’ll be in a group with Morocco, Canada and Belgium.

Whether the full-back starts is another question altogether but we at least expect him to board the plane.

Meanwhile, the SFA’s latest statement to Scottish football means Rangers fans can expect to look our their scarves this weekend.