Exciting Rangers midfielder Juninho Bacuna has been spotted in training as he eyes a first-ever Premiership start against St Mirren.
Bacuna signed from Huddersfield Town on a two-year deal in August and so far, he’s made seven appearances for the Gers.
He’s shown glimpses of real quality but hasn’t yet been given enough minutes to really establish himself.
Only one of his seven outings has come from the start and he didn’t even last until half time in that game at Sparta Prague, coming off in the 38th minute as a precaution after feeling tightness in his thigh.
A first domestic start could be on the cards this weekend, though.
The 24-year-old made it through a Europa League cameo unscathed on Thursday night and he featured in RangersTV training footage released by the club on Friday.
He could be spotted chatting to Jermain Defoe on his way out of the changing rooms before the session began at Auchenhowie.
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Steven Gerrard has indicated that he’s looking for a more settled side but Rangers’ schedule up to the next international break is hectic and rotation will be required.
The manager suggested that Joe Aribo tired in the second half against Brondby because of a heavy workload for club and country [BT Sport], so there’s a chance he could be rested in Paisley.
Glen Kamara is near certain to return to the starting XI after missing the Brondby game due to suspension but swapping him in for Aribo to join Steven Davis and John Lundstram would leave the midfield looking a little defensive.
Bringing Bacuna in as well as Kamara and also resting either Davis or Lundstram would give the Light Blues a better mixture of solidity and attacking threat.
The Curacao international has a good idea of what to expect in the league after substitute appearances in four consecutive matches and it’d be no surprise to see him named in the starting XI come Sunday.