Rangers’ opponents Dundee United have been dealt a big double blow ahead of Sunday’s Premiership clash at Tannadice, with two first-team players reportedly ruled out through injury [The Courier].

The Gers lost at Tannadice back in August and Tam Courts’ side are unbeaten in four matches in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in all four.

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Gio van Bronckhorst’s men will be full of confidence after their remarkable 4-2 triumph in Dortmund on Thursday, though, and their opponents are set to be understrength.

According to the Courier, both Peter Pawlett and Adrian Sporle have been ruled out of the match due to injury, while Courts says Kieran Freeman only has a 50-50 chance of making the squad.

Pawlett and Sporle both featured when the Terrors downed the Gers in August, with the former starting and playing 80 minutes, while the latter played the final 40 minutes as a substitute.

Attacking midfielder Pawlett has featured in 22 of United’s 26 Premiership matches this season and has five goals and one assist to his name across all competitions.

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Sporle, who can play left-back or as a wide midfielder, has been an important player since signing from Argentine club Banfield in 2019 but this isn’t the first injury he’s had this season, so he’s only made 13 appearances.

Rangers won’t be at full strength either, with Ianis Hagi out for at least the rest of the season and Leon Balogun also likely to miss out.

However, Filip Helander is back available after being ineligible for the Europa League, while the manager is hopeful of receiving a triple injury boost.

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