By Alex Stevens
Lee Hodson is in contention to return to the Rangers team for their Scottish Premiership showdown against Aberdeen on Saturday.
The full-back, 25, missed the midweek draw at Kilmarnock with a fever but is back in training and in line to return for the clash at Pittodrie.
But Rangers are still ravaged by injury in defence and will be without first-choice centre-back pair Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill, as well as long-term absentee Lee Wallace.
Asked at his media briefing on Friday which of the players unavailable for 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock were ready to return, manager Pedro Caixinha told the official Rangers Twitter account: “The only player who has recovered and is working with us is Lee Hodson. All the others are casualties of war.”
PC: the only player who has recovered and is working with us is Lee Hodson. All the others are casualties of war!
— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) April 7, 2017
Hodson, who can slot in at both right-back and left-back, is now set to challenge rookie Myles Beerman to start on the left side of the defence against Aberdeen.
Beerman, 18, made an impressive debut in midweek but Derek McInnes’ side will present a tougher test of his credentials.
Aberdeen have also built up a 12-point advantage over Rangers and will surely secure second position if they prevent the visitors from winning on Saturday.
Caixinha’s third-placed side have drawn twice in a row, accumulating five points out of a possible nine from the manager’s three matches at the helm.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.