The official Rangers website has confirmed that injured Ibrox duo Ryan Jack and Brandon Barker are back in contention for the Europa League playoff tie with Galatasaray.
The two players were both substituted off in the 4-0 win over Dundee United on September 12th but Gers boss Steven Gerrard revealed in the pre-match presser that both were back in training.
This had some thinking that Ryan Jack (calf) and Brandon Barker (hamstring) could be in line for a shock return to the squad for the match with the club now confirming their availability.
On the club’s official website, an article quoting Gerrard’s presser is titled “Jack & Barker back available for Galatasaray”.
“Ryan Jack was back in full training yesterday and we managed that session, but he will train fully this morning as he has had no reaction,” said Gerrard.
“Brandon Barker is the same, he trained yesterday for the first time as well with no reaction.”
The Rangers website story has now confirmed that this means both players will be available for the match with the Turkish giants at Ibrox tomorrow.
This is obviously a huge boost to the Ibrox club, particularly in midfield, with the Gers down to the bare bones in the middle of the park.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard also took the time to praise his midfield – which has consisted of Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield and Steven Davis in recent weeks – singling out one player in particular.
Gers boss Gerrard is delighted with the performances of Canadian captain Scott Arfield who has grabbed his chance with the Light Blues.
“I think the main player I have to mention is Scott Arfield,” said Gerrard [Rangers].
“At the beginning of the season he wasn’t picked as a starter but at no given moment did he drop his attitude or his standards.
“He took it as a challenge, he trained harder, he trained better.
“His opportunity came and he’s arguably been our most consistent player over the last run of games.
“He’s sent a clear message to anyone else that’s on the fringe – a lot of players speak in the press but Scott done his talking on the training pitch and the pitch which is fantastic for me.”