Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will be without Joe Aribo and Jermain Defoe this weekend but will be able to call on the services of defender Leon Balogun again.

The Gers travel to Hamilton tomorrow night and will be boosted by the return of Balogun as they look to set an all-time club record for consecutive clean sheets to start a league season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 12: Joseph Ayodele-Aribo of Rangers FC scores his team's third goal past Elliott Parish of St Johnstone during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St. Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Balogun, Aribo and Defoe all missed the previous two games against Livingston and Kilmarnock as the Gers continued their unbeaten start to the new season and moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership.

“Jermain Defoe and Joe Aribo won’t make the Hamilton game,” Gerrard said as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

“Both should make the next game. Leon Balogun is back available for selection. Allan McGregor has trained all week.”

 

Defoe has yet to feature this season while Aribo has been sidelined since beating St. Johnstone a few weeks ago.

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun of Rangers in discussion during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 01, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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The absence of Aribo has been one that the Light Blues have felt the most with the Nigerian’s ingenuity and trickery sorely missed as teams try to stifle games against Rangers.

Balogun’s return could see Filip Helander return to the bench, although after impressing against Kilmarnock it might not be a move that fans agree with.

 

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