Rangers’ opponents Royal Antwerp have suffered a triple blow ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League Round of 32 second-leg clash at Ibrox.
Antwerp manager Franky Vercauteren was without several key players for the first leg in Belgium, which the Gers won 4-3.
Controversial striker Didier Lamkel Zé is set to play in Glasgow following a suspension, but while Dieumerci Mbokani returned to the fold for a draw with Sint-Truidense in the Pro League on Sunday and captain Faris Haroun was expected to be fit, they have both missed out on the matchday squad for the second leg.
Centre-back, Dylan Batubinsika, who has made 23 appearances in all competitions this season, has also failed to recover from injury in time for the match.
Mbokani’s absence may be a particular source of relief for the Rangers defence, given that the DR Congo international is Antwerp’s second-top goalscorer this season and has plenty of European experience having previously played for Dynamo Kyiv, Anderlecht and Standard Liege.
In another potential boost for Rangers, Iran international goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, who made several big mistakes in the first leg, is in the squad after overcoming fitness concerns of his own.
— Royal Antwerp FC (@official_rafc) February 23, 2021
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard has provided a Rangers squad update, with James Tavernier, Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack all ruled out through injury [Rangers FC Twitter].
Should Rangers manage to progress to the Last 16, they will receive a substantial cash reward from UEFA.