Glasgow Rangers have confirmed several players have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of their Europa League play-off second leg against Alashkert, and Steven Gerrard as well as several other players will therefore be unavailable for the clash.
The Lowdown: Gers eye Europa League group stages
After failing to reach the Champions League group stages following their 4-2 defeat to Malmo, the Gers dropped down to the Europa League.
They won their first-leg play-off 1-0 at Ibrox, and they now travel to Armenia as they attempt to get the job done.
The Latest: Gers confirm cases
However, Gerrard’s plans have been thrown into disarray ahead of the clash.
The 55-time Scottish champions have confirmed a number of their players have tested positive for coronavirus and will therefore be missing from the game on Thursday (rangers.co.uk). Gerrard himself is self-isolating and will not be able to attend the clash (Sky Sports).
The Verdict: Who?
As of yet, there has been no confirmation from the Gers as to which players have been affected. They have a relatively big squad and should be able to cope without a couple of fringe members, but if they lose some star performers then they could be up against it. Losing Gerrard will also be a blow, as he is a strong figure on the sidelines.
Will Rangers beat Alashkert?
Qualifying for the Europa League is vital for Rangers. While it does not match the Champions League in terms of finances, it will still boost the coffers while also allowing the club to compete on the continental stage. No matter who is unavailable, those left must get the job done.
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