Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will have to make a late decision on whether Sheyi Ojo will play a role in their Europa League qualifier against Legia Warsaw on Thursday night.
Speaking ahead of the game in his pre-match press conference (via the club’s official Twitter account), he said: “Sheyi Ojo was back out this morning, he seems fine but will be a late decision tomorrow morning. Otherwise, we are fine.”
SG: Sheyi Ojo was back out this morning, he seems fine but will be a late decision tomorrow morning. Otherwise, we are fine.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 28, 2019
The Liverpool loanee had picked up a knock in the goalless first-leg in Poland last week and subsequently missed the victory against St. Mirren at the weekend (Daily Record).
Obviously, the last part of Gerrard’s comment is what would immediately jump out as an encouraging piece of news, however the possibility of having Ojo back available could also be something of a boost to Rangers.
The 22-year-old was heavily criticised for his performance in the first-leg against Legia Warsaw, but he could look to use that sub-par display as motivation to ensure he puts in one of his better shifts for the Light Blues.
Ojo’s end product, or lack of, was something that was pinpointed by Rangers News when they graded the players following the final whistle and that will need to improve if the Bears are to have any chance of overcoming their Polish opponents on Thursday night.
Indeed, the winger has shown already that he has the ability to do that and has the quality that could be needed at Ibrox.
In his eight appearances across all competitions for Rangers, Ojo has already managed to contribute with four goals and three assists (Transfermarkt), which goes to show just how lethal he can be in front of the opposition’s goal and in the final third of the pitch.
Although Ojo may not have had the best of performances against Legia Warsaw in their previous encounter, the 22-year-old could be looking to prove any doubters wrong and rectify that poor performance with a high-quality display, should he be considered fit enough to be available for selection.
The fact that there are no other concerns in the team is brilliant news for the Light Blues regardless, however having the Liverpool loanee in the side could be something that turns the tie into the host’s favour on Thursday night.
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