Steven Gerrard has provided a big boost ahead of the clash with Kilmarnock and next weel’s Europa League clash.
Both Scott Arfield and Jermain Defoe are back, although Gerrard did add some provisos in there.
Arfield has been out of action for seven weeks but he has returned to training, with Gerrard stating it is “great to see him back smiling”.
Defoe missed last week’s draw with Hamilton but he too trained this week and could feature against Kilmarnock on Saturday.
The 38-year-old has been suffering from a calf injury and only trained on Thursday.
it might be an ask for either to start but it’s great news ahead of next week’s clash with Antwerp.
🎙️ SG: Arfield trained with the group for the first time but he has missed seven weeks. It was great to see him back smiling.
Defoe trained yesterday and is close to being ready to go.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 12, 2021
A change to the attack?
Rangers looked lacklustre against Hamilton last week with signs of complacency creeping in.
The front three were far from their best and Cedric Itten did not make the most of his rare starting opportunity.
Itten had only one shot and managed a pass accuracy of 73%, per WhoScored. It is little surprise that we only scored once he was substituted.
However, Gerrard showed belief in his striker in Friday’s press conference.
He praised Itten for his “selfless” role against Hamilton and suggested he did not get much service.
Itten may start once more, then, though former Ger Barry Ferguson argues for Scott Wright’s inclusion after an impressive cameo last week.
Stevie G is probably not going to change things up that drastically.
Defoe is perhaps the only player who would start in the central role ahead of Itten, but his fitness issues have dented that chance it seems.
As for Arfield, it would be nice to see the midfielder make the bench but with so many options to choose from he may have to wait until he is fully fit.
After all, we cannot afford to drop more points after last week’s slip up.