Steven Gerrard must recall Canada international Scott Arfield as Rangers bid to progress to the Europa League Last 16 at the expense of Royal Antwerp.

The Gers triumphed 4-3 at the Bosuilstadion in the first leg last week but while they are now big favourites to go through, the tie is far from over.

Royal Antwerp FC v Rangers FC - UEFA Europa League

Borna Barisic scored two penalties as Rangers pulled off a dramatic away win. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen Fotografie/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

The visitors have been boosted by the return of three key players and after netting three times against Steven Gerrard’s side in Belgium despite having a much-weakened team, they’ll fancy an upset in Glasgow.

The Rangers manager faces a number of selection headaches, with James Tavernier, Kemar Roofe and Nathan Patterson amongst the players confirmed as unavailable.

Ryan Jack is also highly unlikely to take part in the game after going off injured midway through the first half in Sunday’s 4-1 Premiership win over Dundee United.

Gerrard could select a midfield three of Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Joe Aribo, all of whom impressed at the weekend.

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However, it’s imperative that Scott Arfield returns to the middle of the park.

Rangers v Standard Liege: Group D - UEFA Europa League

Steven Gerrard must recall Canada international Scott Arfield to the Rangers starting XI vs Royal Antwerp. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The energetic 32-year-old should be fresh after playing less than half an hour off the bench against United and he brings a tenacity that others in the squad lack.

Arfield is a big game player who has delivered in Old Firms in the past, while he scored twice at Ibrox in the Europa League group stages against Benfica and Standard Liege respectively.

The ex-Burnley star wasn’t at his sharpest in Antwerp last week, but he should be more up to speed now and raring to go. At his best, he breaks up attacks well and also links the midfield to the front three.

With the opposition knowing that they must win by two clear goals to progress, a recall for Arfield would provide important extra steel in the Rangers midfield in the early stages, while he’s also a player capable of causing damage at the top end of the pitch when the game starts to stretch.

On Monday, Rangers announced plans for an ‘innovative’ virtual event during the match and have urged fans to get involved.

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