Steven Gerrard used 23 players in Sunday’s 5-0 win over League One side Oxford United, and new arrivals are due to arrive at Glasgow Rangers in the next two or three weeks.

Ahead of the Gers’ European campaign starting against St Joseph’s of Gibraltar on Tuesday night, the Ibrox chief admitted Scott Arfield had made himself available – but won’t play.

“Scott is back as of now and will be in tomorrow,” Rangers boss Gerrard told the Daily Record.

“He won’t be with us on Tuesday – but he wants to be. He texted me saying he was available to start.

“That’s Scott. He will be with us this week, won’t travel with us, will train for three or four days and we’ll try to have him ready for the return leg.”

In terms of injuries and omissions, a quartet of Rangers men did not feature against Oxford.

Jon Flanagan faces a small hernia clean up operation and is expected to be out for about three weeks or more.

Allan McGregor was left out as a precaution but has looked sensational again in training routines during pre-season sessions.

Alfredo Morelos’ absence wasn’t fully explained, but he is expected to be transferred sometime soon.

Jamie Murphy wasn’t involved in the 90 minutes, because it was a bit too soon to play in front of a decent crowd at this stage of his recovery.

The Rangers team’s first competitive game is on Tuesday when they must perform in Gibraltar, but they do have many options throughout the team.

All six new Rangers players were given some time for the Ibrox fans to see the talent involved, in the extra large players squad.

“It’s not ideal, the timing of the European game, but thankfully I’ve got enough quality players to adapt,” Gerrard said.

“It won’t affect us. We’ll be fine on Tuesday. We just had to manage the minutes today.”

Rangers fans will be hoping for a comfortable win on Tuesday night to start the 2019-20 season with a bang.


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