Rangers’ opponents Motherwell have received a major boost ahead of this weekend’s flag day clash at Ibrox.
The Steelmen have started the 2021/22 Premiership campaign very well and currently sit fourth in the table with ten points from a possible 15.
They’ve only conceded once in their last three matches and comfortably dispatched Aberdeen 2-0 at Fir Park on Saturday to warm up for their trip to Ibrox.
That win was secured without a contribution from captain Stephen O’Donnell, who missed out following international duty with Scotland.
But manager Graham Alexander has confirmed that the 29-year-old is back available for the trip to Govan.
“Stephen has trained this week,” he told reporters. “He trained last Friday before the game but I just felt it was too much to ask.”
“He had been ill a couple of times, he came off in the Scotland game, so I felt it was better for him to miss out last week.
“But he has trained fully this week, he’s raring to go. We’ve got another good player available for selection.”
Plenty of Rangers fans have strong opinions on O’Donnell’s status as Scotland’s first-choice right-back but there’s no doubt that he’s a key man for Motherwell and when available, one of the first names on Alexander’s teamsheet.
His return represents a boost for visitors as they look to spoil Rangers’ flag day party.
Steven Gerrard has a strong record against Motherwell, though, and he’ll be confident that his players will deliver a third consecutive win over the North Lanarkshire outfit.