Is Gareth McAuley set to feature against Ayr tomorrow?
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Is Gareth McAuley set to feature against Ayr tomorrow?

Gareth McAuley’s injury seems to have healed nicely ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Ayr United at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard could probably look over the full side and make a raft of changes. Many players are in need of game-time, and Ayr would provide a good chance to freshen things up respectively.

One of the players who semeed to be struggling with an injury, however, could be in line for a call. McAuley has been back training with the squad after a niggling knock ruled him out of Northern Ireland’s matches earlier this month.

Gareth McAuley has come up against top quality players at club and international leve (Tom Flathers/Man City via Getty Images)

McAuley has yet to make a single appearance for Gerrard’s side, despite signing a couple of weeks ago.

The unfortunate injury to the Northern Irishman could end up being more of a blow than first realised on an individual level. Joe Worrall has been McAuley’s main competition as they both look to break up the defence of Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson.

The centre-back options at Rangers are now at an all-time high, with two for each position. It’s just part of the huge competition for places that’s occurring at Ibrox these days. McAuley is yet another part of that, and he could be given his shot tomorrow night.

A steady performer

Fans shouldn’t expect anything more than a steady performer in the former West Brom man. The centre-back isn’t one for messing around with the ball, and takes a no-nonsense approach.

With Ayr United set to sit deep and try and hit the Gers on the counter, however, he’ll have more time to operate with the ball than he’s used to.

The news that McAuley is back in contention to be selected is great news for Gerrard. He’s a proven Premier League defender with a vast array of experience and tremendous aggression.

McAuley has featured at major international competitions for Northern Ireland (Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

McAuley previously featured at Euro 2016, and has more experience than most in the Gers squad.

The battle is certainly going to be on between him and Worrall as to who can break into the defence. Both, however still have a hugely difficult job on their hands against Goldson and Katic.

The pressure is now on McAuley to take his chance tomorrow night if provided it. Gerrard could still decide to put Worrall in instead to keep his momentum going, but McAuley is ready to go and make his debut.

It’s just another boost for the club as the injury crisis begins to heal. Graham Dorrans, Ovie Ejaria, and McAuley have all now returned from injury in recent times.

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