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Rangers team news: Fans favourite fit for Braga challenge, but trio out

Glasgow Rangers are due to play against Braga in a Europa League last 32 first leg clash at Ibrox on Thursday night, in what promises to be an electric atmosphere.

The Gers will fancy their chances of progressing deep into the Europa League this season but will be made to work hard by a Braga side that have impressed this season.  

Steven Gerrard’s men will be aiming to go far in Europe this season in order to put Scottish football back on the map.

Rangers have had a slump in form domestically, which could make them vulnerable against Braga.

The Ibrox men were clear title contenders a few weeks ago but now find themselves ten points adrift of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership with a game in hand.

Braga are no easy team to beat. Prior to the last 16, they topped Group K of the Europa League, recording impressive wins over the likes of Besiktas and Wolves.

Rangers have been boosted by the return of Borna Barisic from injury ahead of Thursday’s game, according to BBC Sport.  

However, the Gers will not be able to call upon the services of Ryan Jack.

The 27-year-old is serving out a suspension after receiving a red-card during his side’s last group game against Young Boys.  

Though Jermain Defoe is nearing full fitness, the Rangers veteran is unlikely to play in the game. Filip Helander is also ruled out.

The role of Alfredo Morelos will be important. Rangers need to get goals on Thursday and it will be up to the Colombian to try and find the back of the net.

Rangers are not easy to breakdown at the Ibrox and they will need to be at their best on home territory to progress.

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