Rangers news: Expert issues 'crucial' Aaron Ramsey prediction after injury reveal - 'make no mistake'
Aaron Ramsey can play a “crucial part” in potential Europa League and Scottish Cup success for Rangers despite his “hidden” injury woes, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 31-year-old has got “extra quality” – despite his ongoing battle to maintain fitness.
As quoted by the Daily Record (22 April), manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed Ramsey should “hopefully” return for the home leg of Rangers’ Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig.
The Wales international missed last night’s first leg, with the German side running out 1-0 winners to take a slim advantage to Ibrox next Thursday (5 May).
Ramsey limped off after 43 minutes of the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic – but after examination, his injury prognosis was found to be better than first feared.
McLeish suggested the midfielder could be a wildcard for Rangers as they look to reach a European final.
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“His games have been few and far between,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“We’d all have liked to have seen much more of him.
“But whenever he does get on the pitch, he’s always above average for Rangers – and he’s still a star for his country as well.
“He’s got that extra quality, whether he’s coming off the bench or only managing 60 minutes in a game.
“But the niggling injuries are still there, he’s carrying some sort of hidden problem. It’s affecting him being a part of the nucleus of this side.
“But he can play a crucial part in the success of this Rangers side, make no mistake. In the Scottish Cup or in the Europa League.
“Rangers have kept this Leipzig tie alive and I’m sure Van Bronckhorst will have a tactical idea in mind for the Ibrox game next week.”