Giovanni van Bronckhorst will give Kemar Roofe and Aaron Ramsey “as long as possible” to prove their suitability in the second leg of Rangers’ Europa League semi-final second leg against RB Leipzig on Thursday night.
The Jamaican striker and the on-loan Wales midfielder have suffered respective knee and hamstring problems since the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic at Hampden Park last month.
Gers were beaten 1-0 by Bundesliga side Germany last Thursday night and ahead of the second leg at Ibrox, Van Bronckhorst said: “It depends on how training goes. injured we all knew they would be working towards tomorrow’s game [Thursday].
“Of course I will wait as long as possible, but the most important thing for me is that they are physically able to play a part in tomorrow’s game, that is always the deciding factor.
“We still have one day to prepare. Today will be an important day for both of them. I can’t tell you if they are in tomorrow’s squad or not.”
GvB: Let’s make Jimmy Bell proud
Van Bronckhorst also urged his team to make Jimmy Bell proud and reach the Europa League final.
The Gers Bell kit man died this week aged 69, having achieved cult hero status at Ibrox after working at the club for 30 years.
Van Bronckhorst’s side trailed RB Leipzig 1-0 from the first leg and the Dutchman admitted his players were deeply affected by Bell’s passing.
“We were all shocked by the news, it was a tough day for all of us,” Van Bronckhorst said. “Everyone was really down.
“Yesterday we didn’t do much, we were at the training ground, the atmosphere was very low and everyone was in shock. We talked about him. [Bell]we shared stories about him
“It was already a big game, but now we’re really determined to go out tomorrow and make everyone proud and make Jimmy proud.
“We’re still crying, we’re still down. But I think the character of my players is the best I’ve seen of any team I’ve coached.
“I’m sure the character, the conviction, the determination will be there and we will do everything to reach the final.”