Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed first-team duo Ross McCrorie and Ryan Jack will play no part in the Gers’ Florida Cup clashes after suffering injury setbacks.
The Gers face Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians in Florida but Murty has confirmed he’ll have to make do without 19-year-old McCrorie after a previous foot injury flared up again while Jack is taking longer than anticipated to recover from a knee injury sustained against Motherwell in December.
The Ibrox side travelled to Florida for warm weather training at the world-class IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida before taking part in the annual friendly tournament alongside the likes of PSV Eindhoven and Legia Warsaw.
Murty confirmed the pair would miss the two games Stateside and admitted the Gers will take it easy with them to avoid further problems.
“Ryan has had, not a recurrence, but he’s not progressed as far on with his knee injury from the Motherwell game as we had hoped, and Ross has had a recurrence of his foot injury that he sustained when he clattered into the advertising boards,” Murty said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“Those are two historical ones that have had, not relapses, but we are taking our time with because we want to make sure that we don’t push them too hard and we give them longer-term problems.”
After the Ibrox giants return from their transatlantic trip, they return to domestic action on January 21st when they travel north to face Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
Murty will be hoping to have both players available for the Gers’ first game in the showpiece competition this season as they continue to look for their first piece of major silverware since lifting the Scottish title 2011.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are working on beating Celtic to the signing of a 22-year-old goal machine ripping up the league.