Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that legendary Ibrox stopper Allan McGregor missed the weekend’s clash with St Johnstone through injury – but is fit enough to play against Lyon.
The veteran stopper, 39, is always a huge presence on European nights – McGregor is the club’s European record appearance holder (86) – and his role in the Ibrox team has been often best exemplified by his showings on these big occasions.
Ahead of the Ligue 1 club’s visit, the inclusion of Allan McGregor is a major boost to Rangers’ chances, even if the likes of Filip Helander have been ruled out through injury.
“He’s [McGregor] available for selection and we looked after him at the weekend because he had a couple of injury concerns that weren’t major but not worth taking the risk with because we had big Jon available,” said Gerrard [Rangers].
“It was about looking after Allan and respecting his body but he’s fit and ready to go for tomorrow.
“The reason he hasn’t played for that long is the two weeks international break in between but he’s trained really hard and only missed one session.”
This news comes alongside another major injury boost in that Ibrox vice-captain and influential defender Connor Goldson will be available after a period of self-isolation.
Goldson, 28, is a vital part of how the Ibrox side play and missed his first game since the 2-0 Scottish Cup win over Stranraer in January 2020 at the weekend.
However, Steven Gerrard has confirmed the big centre-back has been cleared to play against the French side.
“Connor Goldson comes back and is available for tomorrow,” confirmed Gerrard.
As for Filip Helander, whilst Gerrard confirmed the Swedish international centre-back had undergone surgery in the press conference, he never gave a timeline on the player’s return.
Rangers can confirm that defender Fil Helander will be missing until December after knee surgery.
We wish him well in his recovery. pic.twitter.com/WhhYiP7hOS
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 15, 2021
This has now been done by the Ibrox club’s official Twitter account, which has claimed Big Fil will be out until December.
However, the Gers are holding out hope that an influential Ibrox star could be available for the visit of Lyon after the Ligue 1 side were given a Covid-19 reprieve.