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Rangers handed triple injury boost this week

Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst has been handed a major injury relief at Ibrox over some of his first-team players…

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Three Gers players were missing from the squad for the 1-1 draw with Dundee United in the Premiership on Sunday and are all set for swift returns.

The club Tweeted: “Jon McLaughlin misses today with a virus whilst Aaron Ramsey and Leon Balogun have minor knocks. All three players will return to the group during the week.”

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Delight

Van Bronckhorst will surely be delighted by this news as he has been handed a triple boost ahead of the second-leg clash with Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday.

Firstly, he will be pleased to have his second-choice goalkeeper back in the squad. McLaughlin being available will mean that Allan McGregor has a capable deputy in case he picks up an injury or is sent off on Thursday night, rather than the Dutch head coach potentially being forced to dip into his third-choice in a huge European clash.

He will also be buzzing to have Ramsey available due to his quality and experience. The Welshman is yet to start a Europa League or Premiership match but has proven throughout his career that he has the ability to produce at the top level.

In 371 matches for Arsenal, he provided 130 goals and assists in all competitions. He then moved on to Juventus, where he managed six goals and six assists in 70 outings for the Italian giants – playing in the Champions League for both clubs.

This shows the quality that he can potentially bring to the table and that is why van Bronckhorst will be keen to have him available on Thursday.

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Finally, he will be over the moon to have Balogun back in training and in contention to face Dortmund. The Nigeria international has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.25 in the Europa League this season and only Alfredo Morelos (7.27) has averaged a higher score.

This suggests that he has been one of the club’s best players in the competition and having him back would be a huge boost to the side. He has proven that he can put in excellent performances on a regular basis in Europe and his strong defending could be key to Rangers maintaining or extending their two-goal lead in the tie to progress through to the next round.

AND in other news, Forget Helander: Rangers dud who lost 72.7% duels cost GVB the three points today…

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