Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Scott Arfield will be available for selection when the Light Blues face off against Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday.

The former Burnley man, who signed for the Glasgow giants in the summer, has missed the last two matches with a slight knock.

However, while it is good news for the 29-year-old, the boss also revealed that defender Borna Barisic will sit out the clash with a knee problem.

Formerly of NK Osijek and Dinamo Zagreb, the Croatia international has become a prominent member of the side since Gerrard snapped him up in August.

Another player who will not be on the Rangers team sheet any time soon is Graham Dorrans; the midfielder will have surgery to resolve an injury in his knee and will not feature again in 2019.

The League Cup offers the first, and perhaps most realistic opportunity for Gerrard to get his hands on some silverware after his somewhat surprising appointment in May.

The ex-Liverpool and England captain had no previous managerial experience when he took the hot seat at Ibrox but has quietly impressed in the infancy of his tenure.

Whilst the Gers’ Scottish Premiership form has been somewhat patchy, they remain in touch with the main contenders and have made great strides in the Europa League.

A draw with Spartak Moscow on Thursday, a match which Rangers may feel aggrieved not to have won having created a number of presentable chances, left them joint-top of Group G with Villarreal at the midway point and well-placed to qualify for the knockout stages.

Gerrard’s men defeated Hamilton 4-1 in the league last weekend and should take great confidence into the showdown with the Dons.

Sunday could represent another step towards Rangers ending a drought which last saw them claim a major title in 2011.

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