STEVEN Gerrard has urged Eros Grezda to take advantage of Rangers’ injury situation with the Albanian in line for a second league start in a row this weekend.
The winger was named in Gerrard’s XI against St Mirren last weekend and with Daniel Candeias missing through suspension and Ryan Kent out until after the international break he is likely to be called upon against Motherwell.
Glenn Middleton stepped up to replace Kent in Thursday night’s Europa League game, scoring his first European goal in the defeat and the manager wants Grezda to do the same if he comes in for Candeias this Sunday.
Gerrard told the media: “It’s getting really stretched at the moment, especially at the top end of the pitch.
“We have got Graham Dorrans out injured, Jamie Murphy, Ryan Kent now, Borna is not available and Kyle has missed games of late and we have has suspensions.
“But that creates opportunities for other people and this fella sitting next to me [Grezda], what an opportunity it is for him now to go and announce himself as a Rangers player.
“Glenn did that last night, I thought he was terrific. He got thrown in at the deep end and handled it superbly well, so I’m really excited for Eros and Glenn now to really take their chance and their opportunity to go and make a name for themselves.”
Meanwhile it’s unknown if Kyle Lafferty will be available when the Gers return to Premiership action.
The striker missed the Lights Blues win at St Mirren and then the trip to Moscow in midweek
Gerrard continued: “We’ve got a couple of knocks after Thursday but nothing too serious.
“Obviously Daniel Candeias will miss the weekend but in terms of injuries nothing major to report, just a few bumps and bruises but I’m sure they will pull through.”
“Kyle Lafferty is doing part of the session today [Friday]. Assuming he comes through he’ll train fully tomorrow so we will make a decision on Kyle in the next 24 hours but he is progressing really well.”