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Steven Gerrard feeling hopeful on Rangers duo's fitness ahead of Porto test

Ryan Jack of Rangers FC Injured during the UEFA Europa League group G match between BSC Young Boys and Rangers FC at Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf on October 3, 2019 in Bern, Switzerland.

The Ibrox boss is eager to get two of his stars back starting for Rangers.

Ryan Jack of Rangers FC Injured during the UEFA Europa League group G match between BSC Young Boys and Rangers FC at Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf on October 3, 2019 in Bern, Switzerland.

Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack will return to training on Tuesday, with Steven Gerrard also hopeful about Ryan Kent's fitness, The Scottish Sun report.

Jack limped off injured during the recent UEFA Europa League match against Young Boys and has missed two subsequent matches.

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He was also forced out of Scotland duty during the recent international break.

It seems the midfielder could be set to return against Porto on Thursday though, with Gerrard offering a positive update in the wake of Sunday's match against Hearts.

With Kent also getting minutes in that match, the Gers boss is delighted to get two influential players back to action.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: "We’re expecting Ryan Jack to be in full training on Tuesday so he has a chance for Porto.

"I think the 30 minutes Ryan Kent got today will do him the world of good after a week’s training.

"The quicker we can get both Ryans up to speed, the better, because they’re so important to us.”

 

 

What influence would they have on the Porto fixture?

Given the quality of the Portuguese outfit and the fact they are at home, Rangers can expect to be without the majority of possession on the night. It's a hugely difficult match and one which the Gers will need to dig deep in to get a result.

Jack is a tenacious ball-winner and could prove vital in breaking up play and pressing the opposition midfield on Thursday night. That tenacity would prove to be a real asset so if there's no risk to further injury he should feature.

Ryan Kent of Rangers arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.Ryan Kent of Rangers arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kent meanwhile has that bit of added quality and pace that could punish Porto on the counter-attack. Rangers might struggle for an out-ball without him, or at least rely too much on Alfredo Morelos. The Colombian links up well with the star summer signing.

Having the winger available would give them a much better chance of sneaking a goal and securing a result.

It's no wonder that Gerrard has stressed the importance of having them both fully fit.

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