A training gallery was uploaded to Rangers.co.uk on Friday afternoon, as preparations continue for the return to Scottish Premiership action.

The Gers take on Hearts in Sunday’s early kick-off in what is a crunch encounter.

On paper it looks an easy win with the Jambos sitting on just six points from their opening eight matches. Yet, Tynecastle is always a difficult place to go and with just a two-point lead at the top, there’s no room for complacency.

Craig Levein’s side are in poor form, but shouldn’t be taken lightly. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

One player who’ll be hoping to get an opportunity in Edinburgh is Andy King.

The 50-cap Wales international joined the club on loan from Leicester City in August and considering he is a Premier League winner, it’s perhaps a little surprising that we’ve seen so little of him.

Those ahead of him in the pecking order have simply been performing too well and he’s had to show patience, registering just five substitute appearances so far [Soccerbase].

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On Friday morning, Steven Gerrard ruled Ryan Jack out of contention for the game through injury [Rangers.co.uk], though, offering a glimmer of hope for King.

The £2.25m-rated midfielder [Transfermarkt] can be seen taking a full part in pre-match preparations in the training gallery.

 

With Jack absent, it seems most likely that Steven Davis, Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara will make up the midfield three.

However, it should at least make room for the Leicester loanee in the matchday squad. What’s more, there’s an outside chance he could get the nod from the start if the manager wants to go for fresh legs.

Davis, Aribo and Kamara have all been in international action over the last week, with some players only returning to Auchenhowie on Friday.

Davis played over 150 minutes for Northern Ireland on the road in the Netherlands and Czech Republic. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, King, who wasn’t away with Wales, is well rested and presumably raring to go.

Will that factor convince Gerrard to finally hand him his first Gers start?

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