By Nick Ware

15th Sep, 2021 | 2:10pm

Xherdan Shaqiri passed to play in Rangers v Lyon clash

Lyon star Xherdan Shaqiri is en route to Glasgow and is in line to face Rangers in their Europa League clash on Thursday, according to RTS Sport.

The French news outlet, writing via their Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon, claims the 29-year-old has been allowed to make the trip to Scotland.

They wrote: “Xherdan Shaqiri is finally on the trip to Glasgow, where Lyon will face Rangers on Thursday. His new club has been able to prove that he was a victim of Covid-19 a second time a few months ago.”

Big boost for Lyon

L’Equipe recently reported that the Switzerland international would be unavailable for tomorrow’s clash at Ibrox as he has not been vaccinated completely.

However, it looks like any complications have been dealt with and the ex-Liverpool playmaker will be allowed to face the Gers.

Shaqiri only left the Reds last month after a trophy-laden three-year spell with Jurgen Klopp’s side where he lifted the Champions League and Premier League trophies, among others.

He has now taken his talents to France and Rangers will have to be on guard up against the Swiss star.

The diminutive winger only made his debut versus Strasbourg on Sunday but he picked up an assist on 64 minutes before being replaced nine minutes later.

Shaqiri may not be the quickest player but his unique talents could pose the Light Blues a big threat on Thursday.

He is strong, agile and has a penchant for the spectacular with his hammer of a left foot, and Gerrard will surely be issue red alerts to his defenders to make sure he is closed down as soon as possible to avoid him pulling the trigger goalwards.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart issued a thinly-veiled swipe at Gers fans after banners v St Johnstone.