GRAHAM DORRANS could face Kilmarnock this weekend according to assistant manager Gary McAllister.
McAllister, who was speaking at this afternoon’s press conference to preview the trip to Ayrshire on Sunday, gave a full update on the squad, and revealed two of the players have already departed for their summer holidays.
He explained: “Everybody is looking pretty fit. We do have a few little concerns over a couple, but come the weekend, they should be fine.
“There might be a couple of little changes in there. Nikola Katic and Scott Arfield have gone on holiday, as this is the only window we have to get the players away for some down-time as they have games in the summer.
“Graham Dorrans has featured well in training recently and has had a couple of games behind closed-doors and has done very well, so he will come into consideration for the weekend.
“Jamie Murphy isn’t quite there, but he is improving and in with the group training which is a big plus going into the summer. When we get back here in June, he should be firing.
“They are two players and two Scottish internationals who are capable and are good about the place.
“Coming back in June, they will be like two new signings.”
A win on Sunday will make it seven on the bounce for Gers to end the season, and it would also be the first time the club have won all five of their matches following the split since it was introduced in 2001.
McAllister continued: “I’ve just been told Rangers have never had a clean-sweep after the split, so that is a good incentive.
“We are on a good run, so it would be nice to finish on a high and go into the summer and have that buoyancy for next season.
“Kilmarnock have proven to be tough for us this season. This is our seventh game against them, and Steve Clarke is someone who I respect.
“He is a good coach with a good CV, and it has been hard to break down Kilmarnock in games.
“They have been tough games, and they are good technically and tactically, and they have always been pretty close games.”
McAllister also discussed Steven Gerrard’s first season in charge, admitting the way he has carried himself in the role has come as no surprise.
He added: “There is very little difference between this club and the club he played with for the majority of his life.
“Not only do you come under the microscope in every game, it’s every minute of every game.
“He’s handled it brilliantly, but I’m not surprised as he has been under that intense microscope with people watching him his whole life.”