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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has hinted that a number of the club’s recent signings could feature in Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against Luxembourgian outfit Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox.

Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the first leg, the 46-year-old revealed that as many as four new arrivals will be in the starting XI, with a further ‘two or three’ among the substitutes.

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Daniel Candeias is among those in contention after it was confirmed that he had been added to the squad for the first qualifying round.

The winger is one of four Portuguese players to have joined already this summer alongside Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso and Dalcio, with Caixinha choosing to put his faith in his fellow countrymen to revitalise the Glasgow giants.

Centre-half Danny Wilson is the sole absentee for the Gers; the Scotland international has a knee injury but is expected to return to full training next week.

However, Caixinha is keen to avoid taking risks over the fitness of his playing staff and has already confirmed that those who have not been around since the start of pre-season on June 5 will not be involved.

Thursday marks Rangers’ return to continental football for the first time since a run to the Europa League last-16 in 2010-11.

A third-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership last term has resulted in an early start to the new campaign and the Light Blues must overcome four opponents just to reach the group stage of Europe’s secondary club competition.

Far from being deterred, Caixinha has embraced the opportunity to compete for another major honour and will take no chances against Progres despite his side being overwhelming favourites to advance.

The first-leg encounter signals the beginning of a long season but a positive result in front of a packed crowd could set the tone for future success.