Rangers supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side move three points clear of Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership table courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Hearts on Saturday.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their clash with the Edinburgh-based outfit off the back of successive wins over Partick Thistle and Hamilton, results which moved them level on points with Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen in the table. Yet the Gers pulled clear of the Dons on Saturday as goals from Jamie Murphy and Russell Martin secured all three points at Ibrox, while McInnes’ Aberdeen went down 2-0 to league leaders Celtic the day after to see Rangers open up a three-point lead in second place in the Scottish Premiership.
Consequently, there have been many delighted Light Blues fans in the Tavern in recent times, and their mood is likely to be further improved by recent comments from manager Murty in his pre-St Johnstone press conference (via the club’s official Twitter handle), which suggests that the duo of Bruno Alves and Lee Wallace could return to the squad this evening.
36-year-old Alves has missed the Gers’ last five league games since their 0-0 draw with Celtic back in December due to a hamstring problem, while left-back Wallace hasn’t featured for the club since back in September after undergoing an operation on his groin.
Nevertheless, it appears that both men are fully fit and seemingly nearing a return to competitive action, with Murty making clear that both are available for selection ahead of his side’s trip to St Johnstone tonight, who beat the Light Blues 3-1 at Ibrox back in December.
GM: Bruno Alves and Lee Wallace are in contention to make the squad tomorrow but we will pick the right time to include them.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 26, 2018
And having these two experienced defenders back in contention is likely to come as a big boost to Murty and indeed the club’s supporters, who could see their team reduce the gap to leaders Celtic to just six points with victory this evening.
Landlord’s verdict: Rangers may well have kept a clean sheet in their 2-0 success over Hearts on Saturday, but their previous 5-3 success over Hamilton showed just how vulnerable the Gers backline can be.
Yet those ranks may well be bolstered for the trip to St Johnstone tonight, as manager Graeme Murty has confirmed in his pre-match press conference that both Bruno Alves and Lee Wallace are in ‘contention’ to return to the squad.
Neither have featured for the club in recent times but both have proven their qualities in the past, in news which is sure to come as a big boost to both Murty and the club’s supporters ahead of tonight’s potentially tricky clash with Tommy Wright’s side.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!