Glasgow Rangers come face to face with their former manager Dick Advocaat when they take on Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday night, and they could be without two first-teamers for the contest.

The Gers will progress to the last 32 of the competition if they win in the Netherlands, and will put themselves in a position whereby they can win their group in the final game of the section too.

Rangers have already beaten Feyenoord in this campaign, and were they to do the double over them, it would give them a lot of confidence to take into the knockout stages of the tournament in the New Year.

This has been a battling campaign for the Gers, but the last 32 is in sight now, an outcome which would be some achievement for Steven Gerrard and his men.

If Rangers are to progress at the first time of asking, they could have to do so without two key players as Jermain Defoe is definitely out of the tie, while a late decision will be made on Borna Barisic, who is a doubt ahead of the game.

Gerrard provided an update on the status of both Gers’ men and the chances of the latter playing, when he addressed the media ahead of the contest.

“We come here in good health. Borna is carrying a couple of kicks from the weekend so we’ll make a late decision on him.” The Rangers official website quotes him as saying.

“But if he’s not available, we’ve made sure we’ve brought along enough cover with Jon [Flanagan] and Andy [Halliday] as well.

“If Borna comes through he’ll play – but we’ll have to make a late decision on it.

“Jermain Defoe got injured in training today. It’s not a big problem and he’ll be touch and go for the weekend. But he’s ruled out for tomorrow.”

It is a big month of football for the Gers, beginning in Holland on Thursday night, and securing qualification for the knockout stages in Europe would be a fine way to start it.


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