Gers journalist Joshua Barrie has hinted that both Aaron Ramsey and Kemar Roofe could be in the squad for the Europa League clash at Ibrox tonight.
He Tweeted: “Asked Giovanni van Bronckhorst if Ramsey/Roofe will be ready for tomorrow. Says he doesn’t know yet but today will be a “big day” for both. Sounds like there is a chance they can make it.”
It had been reported by the Scottish Sun that the latter is winning the race to be fit for the game, whereas it was unclear as to whether or not the former will be in a condition to be in the matchday line-up.
Ibrox supporters will surely be left feeling elated by this news as it suggests that they may both be in action against Leipzig tonight.
This is a gigantic game for Rangers as they have the opportunity to secure a place in a major European final. They are 1-0 down on aggregate, thanks to a stunning strike from Angelino in the first leg, and will have to overturn that deficit in Glasgow to book their spot in the showpiece clash in Seville.
The Gers beat Braga 3-1 at Ibrox in the quarter-finals to progress through to the last four and Roofe played a crucial role in that game.
He had a goal disallowed by VAR for handball by Borna Barisic, won a penalty – scored by James Tavernier – and then went on to bag the winning goal in extra time as he tapped the ball in from Joe Aribo’s cross.
It was a big performance from the centre-forward and that display illustrates why him being available for action tonight will be a huge boost for van Bronckhorst. He has shown that he can step up in Europe and will, therefore, be a key player if he is fit.
Ramsey, meanwhile, has scored two goals in three starts in the Premiership since arriving in January. He has an eye for a goal from midfield and having him as an option off the bench to come on and win the game late on if Rangers are still in it will surely delight the head coach.
Therefore, fans will be elated by the prospect of both players being in the squad tonight and will be hoping that they have both been able to overcome their respective blows.