Rangers sweat over fitness of two defenders prior to Celtic clash

Alves felt a problem with his calf, while left-back John, already filling in for the injured Lee Wallace, had an issue with his thigh.

‘We know we have four days so we need to assess them over the next 24 to 48 hours and see whether we have a clearer idea if they can make it. Danny Wilson, the third-choice centre-back, was also not involved in the squad for the cup tie at Firhill.

Fatigue saw Sammon prove to be ineffective in extra time, but for the first 90 minutes he was (jokingly) compared to every great under the sun, from Lionel Messi to both Ronaldos.

Caixinha also looked concerned as Ryan Jack pulled up for cramp during the extra period but the former Al-Gharafa manager was confident his team would be ready to face the Champions. We know the direction we want for Saturday’s match.

Caiximha said: “You can see the boys are working really hard”.

The Mexican’s compatriot Carlos Pena marked his first start for Gers with the opener 10 minutes after half-time but Kris Doolan forced the additional half-hour with his last-gasp leveller.

“Because of extra time we need more time on recovery, it’s a case of managing the content of the training sessions”. Daniel’s chance is what I am talking about.

Daniel Candeias and Eduardo Herrera scored the goals that put Rangers in Thursday’s draw but Caixinha said it could have been all over over much earlier.

“Conceding the equaliser at the end is not easy, especially after you have a lot of chances to kill the game, to have a calm game”, Caixinha added. When the second goal doesn’t come, they try too hard and maybe they rush the final pass. The two goals difference makes that.

Ross McCrorie admits that making his debut for Rangers on Tuesday night is the best thing that has happened to him in his life. “We always knew what he was capable of, he’s a humble guy, a hard worker and he’ll keep doing his job”.

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