Glasgow Rangers will play their first match since the sacking of Pedro Caixinha when they travel to Edinburgh to face Heart of Midlothian on Saturday, with a number of players unavailable for the match, according to BBC Sport.

The Gers dismissed the Portuguese manager on Thursday after a disappointing draw with Kilmarnock and a defeat to Motherwell in their League Cup semi-final last Sunday.

The Ibrox outfit are currently sitting in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership, however, they already sit eight points behind leaders Celtic, leaving the Rangers board to take what they deemed necessary action.

Caixinha had also created many problems with his own players, with Kenny Miller being forced to train with the developmental squad after a falling out after a game with their fierce city rivals.

Graeme Murty, who took control on a temporary basis when Mark Warburton left Ibrox, has been placed in the same role and has been preparing for their game with Hearts.

The interim boss has revealed that he will be without key defender Bruno Alves as he is suspended, although Ryan Jack’s red card against Kilmarnock has been appealed against, allowing him to be selected.

Miller has been recalled to the matchday squad and it is possible he will feature at some point during the game, however, it would appear unlikely that he will start the game.

Carlos Pena is also in contention for the match against Hearts after he has recovered from a knee injury that ruled him out of the midweek game in the Scottish Premiership, giving Murty’s side a timely boost.

However, Gers will be without Lee Wallace, Jak Alnwick, Graham Dorrans and Fabio Cardoso for the trip to Murrayfield Stadium, as they all look set for time on the sidelines due to various injuries they all sustained.


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