Rangers manager Steven Gerrard doesn’t think Lyon will be weakened by the loss of forward Moussa Dembele.
The former Celtic player has been ruled out of the game at Ibrox tomorrow night after picking up an injury but Gerrard feels Lyon will be able to cope without him:
“I have a lot of respect for the player in terms of his technical quality and ability. But I don’t really get involved in opinions of whether Lyon will be weaker or stronger because they have players capable of coming in, they have talent all over the pitch, especially in the front-four positions. So it would be very naive for me to think Lyon are going to be any weaker just because one player is missing.”
The Gers have their own injury problems heading into the Europa League clash. Gerrard has confirmed that Filip Helander has been ruled out for a number of months after undergoing knee surgery.
There is some good news, though, with Connor Goldson back in contention after being sidelined for the victory over St Johnstone due to virus protocols.
Ianis Hagi is, however, still absent, as he continues to quarantine after testing positive whilst away on international duty with Romania earlier this month.
Tomorrow’s game will be a real test for the Light Blues, with Lyon coming into the game in good form after wins in their last two matches.