Glasgow Rangers make their second trip to Russia in their Europa League campaign this season on Thursday evening, and they head there without a number of key players.

The Gers have begun their group strongly in the second tier European competition, and a win against Spartak Moscow will see them put one foot into the knockout stages.

Even a draw would be a perfectly acceptable result for Steven Gerrard and his men, as it would keep their qualification chances in their own hands heading into the final two sets of matches.

In order for the Glaswegians to get the outcome they desire in Russia, they are going to have to do it tough without a number of important players for the tie.

Gerrard already knew he was going to be without the likes of Jamie Murphy and Graham Dorrans, and it always seemed likely that Borna Barisic was going to miss the game too.

Unfortunately for the Gers boss he will also be missing Ryan Kent and Kyle Lafferty for what is a huge showdown in the context of Rangers’ season.

Gerrard confirmed that the pair would miss the game when he addressed the media out in Russia, before going on to highlight how big a blow that is for his side.

“It’s an opportunity for someone else, certainly over the next couple of games, to come in and express themselves,” BBC Sport quote him as saying.

“But there’s no getting away from it that it’s a big disappointment for myself and the team because Ryan has been in fantastic form and is a real threat for us. I’m sure other people are chomping at the bit for an opportunity.

“Kyle has still got an issue in his quad muscle, so unfortunately he hasn’t made it here.”

Rangers and Spartak Moscow drew 0-0 at Ibrox last month, and given the number of players that are missing, Gerrard might take the same outcome over in Russia if you offered it to him.

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