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Graeme Murty details double Rangers injury boost

Rangers manager Graeme Murty has given a promising update on Ross McCrorie and Russell Martin’s fitness after injury – and revealed McCrorie is expected to return to action “shortly.”

The Gers have had a number of injuries defensively recently with Martin, McCrorie, Declan John, Bruno Alves and Lee Wallace all missing recently and David Bates sustaining an ankle ligament injury in last weekend’s Old Firm defeat by Celtic.

Martin could find himself back in the side for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Kilmarnock after a back injury forced him the miss the Ibrox clash with Celtic last Sunday.

McCrorie has been out of action since December after a foot injury but Murty thinks the 19-year-old could rejoin his squad within a few days.

“Russell took full part in training,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“Hopefully Ross will be back shortly. We are looking to integrate him with the squad again maybe as soon as the start of next week.

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“It’s just in time for him to then have a few days off during the international break, so he called that one well! But he is looking good and is desperate to get back.

“That would slightly offset David being out of the group, but let’s not forget the human side of it. David is a little bit low at the moment because last Sunday was a massive game for him, a massive experience but he’s now experiencing the pain of a significant injury.”

With Bates set to miss six weeks of action, the return of Martin and McCrorie would be a big boost to the Gers squad as they go into the final run of games in the league campaign.

With an Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final also still to come for Murty’s side, it should give the Gers boss more options as he looks to win the club’s first major trophy since lifting the Scottish Premiership under Walter Smith in 2011.

Football Insider verdict:

While Martin’s return is undoubtedly good news for Gers fans terrified at the prospect of seeing Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso paired in central defence, it is the return of McCrorie that will be the biggest bit of good news for the Light Blues support. The 19-year-old has blown fans away after emerging as a first-team player earlier in the season and putting in a string of impressive performances. With McCrorie able to play in defence of midfield it gives Murty something a little bit different as he tries to guide the Gers to a trophy.

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