STEVEN GERRARD is pondering unleashing on-loan Hibs striker Florian Kamberi on Braga in tonight’s Europa League last-32 clash at Ibrox.

The Swiss raider, who arrived in Govan on the final day of last month’s transfer window, produced a lively performance after coming on as a substitute in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Livingston and had a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside.

Gerrard, speaking to The Scotsman, said: “When you get indifferent performances in terms of the group and certain individuals and you get a player who’s maybe waiting and pushing for an opportunity, obviously the chances increase.

“There are people on the sidelines at the moment who are really pushing for opportunities and training really well, Flo being one of them.

“I told him to keep doing what he’s been doing because he’s been a real breath of fresh air.

“I was really impressed with him when he came on at the weekend. There will be an opportunity for him, I’m sure.”

Kamberi has European experience with Hibs and has netted goals against Faroe Islands side NSI Runavik, Greek outfit Asteras Tripolis and Norwegian team Molde.

The skilful forward aims to take his chance at Ibrox and has already made it clear he would love to make the switch permanent.

Tonight;s encounter with the in-form Portuguese outfit, who beat Benfica for the first time in their history in Lisbon at the weekend, could go a long way to persuading Gerrard to make his wish come true.


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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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