Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst has dropped an update on Aaron Ramsey ahead of the approaching Premiership fixture against Hibs [RangersTV].
The Gers are taking on the Edinburgh club at Ibrox on Wednesday night and will be hoping for a similarly emphatic display to the one they produced at the weekend against Hearts.
Hibs have one win over Rangers this season, in November’s League Cup semi-final at Hampden, but the champions have triumphed in both league meetings to date and the visitors are winless in their last five Premiership matches.
Will Aaron Ramsey feature for the hosts?
The Wales international made his Rangers debut against the Jambos on Sunday, playing the final 14 minutes plus injury time.
He looked good during his cameo but the fact that the manager waited so long before introducing him was an indication of his level of fitness.
GvB says the Juventus loanee is progressing well but confirmed he won’t be named in the XI against Hibs.
“No, I don’t think he’s ready to start yet,” replied the Gers boss after being asked about Ramsey [RangersTV]. “You could see the difference when he came in, just joining the team sessions and then in his first minutes in the game on Sunday.”
“Aaron is improving each day. I think it’s good to see the difference he’s made in a week and he will become better and better.
“Starting a game for him is too soon but he will be closer to starting a game the more minutes he plays and the more sessions he has with the team.”
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Some supporters will no doubt be disappointed that Ramsey won’t be in the XI to take on Hibs, but given his significant injury history, it’s vital that he isn’t rushed.
Another cameo on Wednesday night would do him good and then perhaps if he gets through a longer substitute outing against Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday, he could make his first start in the Europa League tie against Borussia Dortmund a few days later.
His extra quality and experience could be vital in such a high-profile game and it would be a big boost for Rangers if he was fully fit by the time that fixture arrives.