By Danny Wright
Rangers have announced that three players will be handed their debuts for Thursday’s Europa League first qualification round clash with Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox.
Pedro Caixinha has oped to field Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio and Ryan Jack for their first appearances in the famous light blue kit, as Nico Kranjcar returns to the XI after a long-term spell on the sidelines.
Daniel Candeias and Alfredo Morelos are on the bench and could also make their debuts if Caixinha decides to call upon their services during the first leg showdown.
The Light Blues announced the news on their official Twitter account prior to kick-off.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 29, 2017
Thursday night’s match is the first time that Rangers have played in European competition since August 2011 after they crashed out of the Europa League qualifiers across two legs to Slovenian outfit NK Maribor.
The meeting with Progres will also be the first time that Caixinha, and Gers fans, will be able to see some of their new recruits in action, after a host of changes were made following an underwhelming return to the Scottish Premiership last season.
Progres are one of the lowest ranked teams in the first qualification round after finishing fourth in Luxembourg’s relatively unknown top-tier last season.
They have never won a game in European competition and have played against Real Madrid, Grasshoppers and most recently Shamrock Rovers throughout their history.
In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller has revealed how the new signings have settled in at Ibrox.