Winger Daniel Candeias has been left out of Rangers Europa League squad after UEFA rules limited Steven Gerrard to 22 players rather than the usual 25.

With the Light Blues only able to name one player in the squad who was developed at the club as a youngster, the Gers had to leave three empty spots in their ‘A’ list to comply with UEFA rules.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Daniel Candeias celebartes after he scores the opening goal during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. The winger has been left out of Rangers Europa League squad.

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That has left the Portuguese winger joining Ibrox outcasts Graham Dorrans and Kyle Lafferty on the sidelines while Jon Flanagan and Jamie Murphy are omitted through injury.

Fourth choice keeper Andy Firth has also missed out on a place in the squad.

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Despite missing the first leg, Canada international Scott Arfield is included in the list and it’s likely he’ll be involved in the return at Ibrox on July 18th.

Candeias’ exclusion doesn’t mean he won’t be able to play in Europa at all this season with clubs submitting a fresh list for each round up until the group stages.

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Gerrard can also make use of the club’s Academy sides with players in the youth sides on the ‘B’ list – providing they meet the criteria.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Daniel Candeias of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Rangers full Europa League squad

GOALKEEPERS: Allan McGregor, Wes Foderingham, Jak Alnwick

DEFENDERS: James Tavernier, George Edmundson, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Matt Polster, Borna Barisic, Andy Halliday

MIDFIELDERS: Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Greg Docherty, Joe Aribo, Scott Arfield

STRIKERS: Greg Stewart, Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe, Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie, Sheyi Ojo

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