Alfredo Morelos is boosted by injuries as van Bronckhorst gives a timetable for his return


Bronckhorst will call on striker Alfredo Morelos to save Rangers’ Champions League dreams as he prepares to return to action at Ibrox.

The striker has not played for Van Bronckhorst’s side since the win over Dundee in March after suffering a serious thigh injury on international duty with Colombia.

But he is now in line to feature in the second leg of the clash with Union Saint-Gilloise and will be tasked with keeping Rangers in the competition this season.

A 2-0 win on Tuesday night has put the Belgians in a commanding position, but the return of Morelos could be the spark required for Rangers to transform the tie and secure a place in the play-offs.

Rangers put in an ugly performance at Den Dreef as a first-half strike from Teddy Tuema and Dante Vanzeir’s controversial penalty condemned them to a heartbreaking defeat.

There were few positives to take from Van Bronckhorst and the Ibrox boss was left to mourn a series of individual and collective failures on the night.

Rangers are now preparing for a 90-minute break as they try to avoid a Champions League second qualifying round exit.

The run to Sevilla saw Ibrox at their best of the season and Van Bronckhorst knows improvement must be found to give the home crowd reason to believe next Tuesday.

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