Giovanni van Bronckhorst provides Rangers fitness update on Jon McLaughlin and James Tavernier on eve of Napoli tie

Giovanni van Bronckhorst provides Rangers fitness update on Jon McLaughlin and James Tavernier on eve of Napoli tie

GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST insists he has ‘each religion’ in Allan McGregor as he prepares to deputise for the injured Jon McLaughlin in opposition to Napoli.

The Ibrox boss confirmed on Tuesday night that McLaughlin is not going to be match for the Group A encounter after choosing up a knock within the defeat to Ajax final week.

McGregor is now poised to return between the sticks as Rangers purpose to kick-start their marketing campaign with a much-needed efficiency and outcome in opposition to the Serie A giants.

The 40-year-old made his solely look of the marketing campaign in opposition to Queen of the South final month and can now be pitched right into a probably defining Champions League conflict.

Van Bronckhorst mentioned: “Jon will not be out there, he picked up an damage within the final recreation so we is not going to be concerned. The others are match to go other than those already injured.

“Of course it’s completely different for Allan, that he’s not beginning the video games from the start so that’s completely different for him.

“He continues to be the identical nonetheless the identical in coaching, he’s nonetheless the identical particular person and I’ve each religion in him when he play due to the expertise he has and he will probably be positive.

“I’ve little doubt in my thoughts to have any doubts that he’ll carry out.”

Boss Van Bronckhorst was additionally sweating on the health of James Tavernier after he was compelled off at half-time in Amsterdam with a long-standing damage situation.

But the captain is now in line to guide the group out as soon as once more as group stage soccer returns to Ibrox for the primary time in 12 years.

Van Bronckhorst mentioned: “Well he’s undoubtedly higher than final week as a result of all of the video games we performed in a row didn’t assist his physique.

“The one week break for Tav is actually welcome as a result of it meant he might recuperate extra days than usually. He is a crucial participant.

“You can see his high quality he brings to the group so it’s all there to see. For him within the recreation he will probably be a lot better bodily than he performed in opposition to Ajax.”

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