Glasgow Rangers head to fellow Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Cup on Saturday afternoon, but they will be without a big player for the match.
The Gers have been involved in a hefty run of fixtures since the winter break concluded and have European commitments in their sights too, but this is a contest they will take seriously as they look to add silverware to their huge collection.
Rangers have already gone down in the final of one cup competition this term and will be keen to take a step closer to the concluding match of another here.
If the Gers are to make it to the next stage of the Scottish Cup, they will have to do so without influential midfielder Ryan Jack, who manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed will not be involved in the game.
“Hamilton is just a little bit too soon for him. All being well, there is a possibility he could be in training on Monday,” the Rangers official website quote him as saying.
Some sides would rest and rotate their unit when the cup competitions come along, especially when they have embarked on the run of fixtures Rangers have, and have got to come, but Gerrard has suggested he will not be doing that for the trip to Hamilton.
“We are looking okay and we have had no problems from the Hibernian game, so we go in as we were,” the Gers talisman continued.
“If we feel as if it’s necessary to freshen it up then we always look to do that, irrespective of the fixture or the competition.
“If someone is looking tired or we want to change something tactically, we always look into that, but there won’t be wholesale changes as it’s a cup game – it’s a cup we want to try and go all the way in and it’s an important game for us so we will certainly be picking a strong team.”
Rangers’ priority this season will be wrestling the league title away from arch rivals Celtic, but the cup represents another opportunity for the Ibrox giants to win their first piece of major silverware since 2011.
The Gers have an excellent recent record against Hamilton, having won the last 11 meetings between the teams in all competitions.
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