By Will Butcher

Rangers must do without midfield duo Josh Windass and Jordan Rossiter against Hamilton on Friday night.

However, playmaker Harry Forrester has recovered from a sickness bug and is available to play for the Gers as they look to close the gap between themselves and Celtic to eight points.

Rangers’ official Twitter account revealed the continued absence of Windass and Rossiter with a post on Wednesday afternoon.

Windass, 22, has been plagued by problems to his hamstring since his summer move from Accrington Stanley.

The last occurrence of the injury came against Partick Thistle, which saw him forced off the field of play at half time during the 2-1 win. He has since missed the last three games.

Also signed in the summer, ex-Liverpool ace Rossiter has been nursing a calf injury since August and is unlikely to return in the near future.

The 19-year-old suffered the muscle problem towards the end of August in the 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock, and is yet to feature since the injury.

However, the return of former Doncaster star Forrester will boost the Gers as they look to build on Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win over Hearts.

A win for the 54-time Scottish champions on Friday will see them go seven points clear in second ahead of Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen, who play on Saturday.

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