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MURTY ‘HOPEFUL’ ON DOUBLE-ACT

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GRAEME MURTY is hoping Lee Wallace and Declan John will be available for Sunday’s High Noon showdown with Celtic.

The Rangers caretaker boss has had problems in the left-back position with midfielder Andy Halliday stepping in during Sunday’s 4-1 Scottish Cup stroll against Falkirk.

John has been sidelined with a groin strain while skipper Wallace has been a long-term absentee with a variety of problems.

The Ibrox captain is due to play against St Mirren in a bounce game to assess whether he will be ready for the Premiership clash against the Hoops at Ibrox.

Murty said: “Lee Wallace will feature in the match this week and we will see how he gets through it.

“I know what it is like to be out long term. You come back in and you are training really well, but it is completely different in a game.

“Sometimes you run around and you feel as though you have lungs that are a quarter of the size that they used to be just because you are not used to the stimulus of a match day.

“Declan John is really close. Hopefully, he will do a bit of ball work today.

“Yes, I am hopeful of having a fit left-back for Sunday.”

* Murty was speaking on the Rangers website.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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