Streete and Ferguson still ruled out as McCall gives Rangers injury update

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Rangers manager Stuart McCall is hoping to have players back for the play-offs.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told the club's official website that some players are coming back to fitness ahead of the play-offs.

McCall has lost just once in ten games since taking over as Rangers manager in March, but may have missed out on second place in the Scottish Championship after last weekend's 2-2 home draw with Falkirk.

The result leaves Rangers one point behind second placed Hibernian, and whilst a win against champions Hearts this weekend would give them a chance, the situation is now out of their hands.

It means a longer play-off campaign is ahead for McCall, whose Rangers side would face Queen of the South in a two-legged affair before taking on Hibernian.

After a number of injuries recently, McCall has told the club's official website that he is now hopeful that some players will return to fitness in the coming weeks, even adding that Lithuania international Marius Zaliukas could return to face his former club Hearts at Tynecastle this weekend.

"Since I've been here as manager the only position that we seemed to have struggled with is full back," said McCall. "Steven Smith, Sebastien Faure, Richard Foster and the young lad Ryan Sinnamon have all been injured in recent weeks."

"We've had Sinnamon, Foster and Smith back on the training ground in the last couple of days, so they have a little bit of football in them but it's maybe a bit too early for them."

"Zaliukas came off against Falkirk but he should be ok - he did a little bit of light work with us today and will be in full training tomorrow," he added.

The report from the Rangers official website also states that Newcastle loan duo Remie Streete and Shane Ferguson are back training after injuries, but are still short of match fitness so won't be considered for selection against Hearts, but could return for the play-offs.

That leaves Haris Vuckic as the only one of the five Newcastle loanees to be a success at Ibrox so far, with Streete playing less than 45 minutes and Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu and Gael Bigirimana not even making their debuts yet.

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