It is a big week for Glasgow Rangers as they have a crucial fixture coming up against Willem II in the Europa League third qualifying round.
They will be expecting to make it to the group stages at the very least after reaching the last 16 in 2019/20 and, if they advance to the playoff round, they will then face either Galatasaray or Hajduk Split.
Ahead of Thursday’s clash in Netherlands, Steven Gerrard has been handed a timely selection boost.
The ‘Gers squad for the match has been posted to UEFA‘s official website and it shows that summer signing Kemar Roofe has made the list. This might come as a shock as the player was subbed off in the first half against Lincoln Red Imps last week due to injury and was then not involved in their weekend fixture in the Premiership against Hibernian.
Gerrard had even come out after the Hibs game and said that the forward would have to have a scan to assess the severity of the injury.
The 27-year-old, who was signed for £4.5 million in August, per Transfermarkt, has had a decent start to life at Ibrox, as he has scored two goals in six appearances (including two appearances from the bench).
He has managed 98 goals throughout his career at clubs like Anderlecht and Leeds United, and so to have him possibly available for the Europa League match, even if only as a substitute, should provide a lift for Gerrard and indeed the whole squad.
He could be an ideal option to spring from the bench if the ‘Gers are chasing the game and he is available, which certainly seemed unlikely just a couple of days ago when Gerrard said that the striker needed to go for a scan.
Even if he doesn’t make it for Thursday’s game, that he has been included in the squad is a welcome boost ahead of their next European assignment.
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