Rangers have been handed a late injury boost as an update on three Ibrox players has emerged from Glasgow…
Gers boss Gio van Bronckhorst has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey, Filip Helander and Ryan Jack are all back and in contention to play.
This comes after they all missed out on the club’s last two outings in the league, which resulted in a 2-2 draw and a 1-0 win for the Light Blues. They are all now back from their respective injuries and could be in the running to start at Ibrox today.
Van Bronckhorst will surely be elated with this news, as all three players can provide a huge boost to the squad against Aberdeen this afternoon.
Firstly, Helander will provide valuable backup in the heart of the defence. John Lundstram was called upon at centre-back last week with Leon Balogun not fully fit and cost the Gers with poor positioning for Motherwell’s first goal in the 2-2 draw.
The ex-Sheffield United man did not look comfortable defending in that area of the pitch at left centre-back, and Helander’s availability means that there is less of a chance of the former being needed to fill in again. If Balogun or Goldson happen to pick up an injury, or get sent off, during the match today, then the Swedish defender can slot in effortlessly.
Jack’s return could offer a boost to the starting XI as he was in terrific form prior to his knock. He recorded a SofaScore rating of 6.9 or higher in four of his last five matches, with a 6.6 rating against Borussia Dortmund in the other game in that period.
This shows that he is capable of turning in impressive performances on a regular basis, so Van Bronckhorst could be tempted to hand the classy midfielder a start today. His ability to control the tempo of a game with his movement off the ball to open up angles and build attacks could help Rangers to break down the Aberdeen defence, and that is why his availability is a boost to the Gers.
Finally, Van Bronckhorst will be buzzing to have Ramsey available. The Welshman has only played 30 minutes in the Premiership and the Dutch head coach will therefore be keen to have a better look at him in upcoming matches.
Having the 31-year-old in the squad against the Dons will allow him to possibly play 20-30 minutes off the bench to build up his match fitness again before he is able to showcase the best of his abilities for the Glasgow giants.