Rangers star John Lundstram has been snapped back in training as he eyes a start against Aberdeen amid injuries to a key Ibrox duo.
Ahead of the match, Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed that Northern Irish veteran Steven Davis and now retired Canada midfielder Scott Arfield are both carrying knocks.
As a result, the veteran Gers duo will miss the match with John Lundstram surely now eyeing an opportunity to stake a claim for a first-team place against the Dons.
Nigerian international midfielder Joe Aribo is also ruled out due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving Glen Kamara, Ianis Hagi, Juninho Bacuna and new signing James Sands as the only recognised and fully fit midfielders in the squad.
Ryan Jack is back in training and GVB confirmed he may also make an appearance in the game.
“Aribo will not be in the squad because of the African Cup of Nations,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“Helander started training with the team this week so I’m really happy for him but the game will come too early for him.
“Scott Arfield is still not training so he won’t be involved and the same for Steven Davis.
“Kemar and Ryan started training with the team also this week so I’m happy that the injured players are getting back to training with the squad especially with a busy schedule coming up.
“Whether they will be involved tomorrow, we have to see.”
Up-and-down Rangers star John Lundstram must grab Aberdeen opportunity if handed it
A summer signing from Sheffield United, the jury is still out on John Lundstram for many Rangers fans and the 27-year-old must take the opportunities when they come his way.
With the squad requiring some bite and balance at Pittodrie the match may well suit the ex-Everton youth and this could be a big chance for Lundstram to properly kickstart his Ibrox career.
After failing to convince fans in the early part of his Gers tenure, there was a period in the season where ex-Premier League star John was the Ibrox side’s best player.
But since that small peak there has been a lull and now Lundstram is tasked with asserting a claim for a spot in the Ibrox side’s first XI.
There have also been whispers of a potential January exit with a reunion with former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder at Middlesbrough mooted in the press.
However, we’re sure Steven Gerrard signing John will be determined to leave a proper impression at Ibrox with the winter break presenting an opportunity to restock and go again.
Despite the fresh knocks in the Rangers camp, the Ibrox side have been boosted by the return of five international players to Gers training.