Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says there is “no fresh injury news” since the club’s last injury update against Hibs ahead of the Europa League clash with Willem II.
The Ibrox gaffer was speaking to the press in Holland as he prepares his charges for what promises to be a tough test on the continent.
But with the likes of Ryan Jack, Joe Aribo, Brandon Barker and Kemar Roofe all missing, it’s as you were from the 2-2 draw with Hibs in Edinburgh.
🎙️ SG: I am confident in the squad and if we play to our potential we can get a result. There is no fresh injury news since our last update before Hibs.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 23, 2020
Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo picked up an ankle knock in the 3-0 win over St. Johnstone with growing fears over the longevity of the knock.
The Nigerian international wasn’t included in his country’s squad for their upcoming internationals at the beginning of October sparking fears he wouldn’t be available for the upcoming Old Firm.
Similarly Ryan Jack is a big miss for this tie as he looks to recover from a calf complaint with Steven Gerrard saying he could face up to four weeks out only last week.
Both Jack and Brandon Barker were substituted in the 4-0 win over Dundee United at Ibrox with the winger also unavailable for the trip to Holland.
Worryingly the Gers gaffer has not provided an update for £3.5m summer signing Kemar Roofe, who Gerrard claimed was to be sent for a scan on a calf problem after the match with Hibs.
Nonetheless, Gerrard is confident that those available for selection will be able to do the job and haul his side to the Europa League playoffs.
“I am confident in the squad and if we play to our potential we can get a result,” said Gerrard [Rangers]
“There is no fresh injury news since our last update before Hibs.
“Over two-legs, we always looked forward to bringing a team back to Ibrox. It will be a harder challenge than the last two qualifying campaigns.
“I have watched all of their games from this season and we have a good idea about their strengths and weaknesses.
“They made some interesting chances at the weekend at half-time. I am really looking forward to seeing what team they decide to play.”
Rangers are set to play Willem II at the Koning Willem II Stadion in Tillburg on Thursday night at 8pm UK time for a place in the Europa League Playoff round.