By Alex Stevens
Lee Wallace and Lee Hodson are in contention to play in Rangers’ Scottish Premiership clash against Motherwell on Saturday.
The defensive duo were the only two Rangers players on international duty over the last 10 days but both returned early to Ibrox.
Left-back Wallace suffered a minor knock while away with Scotland, while right-back Hodson was also recalled by Rangers after breaking down while with the Northern Ireland team.
Manager Pedro Caixinha has provided an optimistic update on the duo as preparations are stepped up for Saturday’s home clash against Motherwell.
“We only had two players away on international duty – Lee [Wallace] came back with a small injury from the Scottish national team, and Lee Hodson went with Northern Ireland but didn’t play and came straight back in and did the first session with us this week,” Caixinha told the official Rangers website.
“It was very good as it gave us more time to work with the players, and also, we had a game at the end of last week in order for us to know all of the players, to give minutes to all the players and to finish a full week of training under our methods.”
Caixinha was appointed the new Rangers manager earlier this month after the club paid a compensation fee to Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa.
He made an immediate impact by steering his new side to a 4-0 Scottish Premiership triumph over Hamilton in his first match in charge.
Caixinha’s team are third in the table and eight points adrift of second-placed Aberdeen.
Celtic are 33 points ahead of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership and set to win the title immediately after the international break.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.