Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister was tight-lipped when pressed on when those players in self-isolation would return for the Ibrox club amid a Covid-19 outbreak.
But Steven Gerrard’s right-hand man refused to rule out the possibility of some of the club’s key star’s exiting quarantine ahead of the club’s clash with Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The Gers have headed out to Armenia with a depleted squad to face Alashkert as the club looks to secure a place in the Europa League Group Stages.
Leading 1-0 from a drab first leg performance, the Gers are expected to go to Armenia and finish the job even without some of their top talent.
Steven Gerrard and six first-team players in James Tavernier, Calvin Bassey, Ryan Kent, Scott Wright, Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin have all been forced into isolation.
However, new guidelines have come into play regarding close contacts and those who are double vaccinated in Scotland.
Only staff or players with symptoms or testing positive will be required to self-isolate, providing they can provide a negative PCR test.
Close contacts aged 18 years or older who have been double vaccinated more than 14 days prior and show no symptoms can take a PCR test and end self-isolation if the result is negative.
Whilst it isn’t clear which of these names have actually tested positive for the coronavirus, McAllister was coy when asked if any one of them could return to face Celtic this weekend.
“You’ve got to be mindful of the fact that now we have moved on, and a lot of people around our club are double vaccinated, there are advantages,” said McAllister [Rangers].
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“So, we’ll be looking at that. Things are going to be changing as we speak.
“I’m sure our medical people at the club are all over that. They pass information to the governing bodies and we will be getting guided by them as well.”
If Rangers can get the likes of Steven Gerrard or Ryan Kent out of isolation ahead of the visit of Celtic, it would be a sizeable boost to the club’s chances v their Old Firm rivals.
Can you imagine the meltdown across the city?
As things stand the Gers will need to get a result v Alashkert in Armenia first and here’s how we expect a depleted Rangers XI to line up.