ALFREDO MORELOS and Ryan Jack are both racing to be fit for Rangers’ Premiership visit to Rugby Park for their crucial clash with Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard will assess the fitness of the pair after they sustained knocks in the Europa League Group win over Lech Poznan at Ibrox last night where the Colombian hitman headed in the points-clincher.

The Govan outfit, unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions this season, can go nine points clear of Celtic at the top of the Premiership with a win over Killie – albeit the Hoops will have two games in hand.

Asked whether it would be a psychological advantage to go so far ahead of the champions, Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, replied: “I don’t think we’re really concerning ourselves with psychological advantages and where the table’s at and what we can do.

“We’re just taking each game as it comes; we’re hungry for the three points.

“I think it’d be different if you had the opportunity to go there and be nine points clear with no games in hand. We’re talking about Celtic here, who are a good team and capable of going on big runs.

“We’re still in October, it’s very early days for us to be getting carried away or getting ahead of ourselves.

“We’ve started the season very well, we’re happy with where we are. The focus is very much on us and what we can do, and we take each game as it comes.”

Teams north of the border received a huge boost this week after UEFA confirmed Scotland will have two spots in the Champions League qualifying round next season.

It comes after performances by Glasgow’s Big Two in European competitions over the last couple of campaigns which have pushed the nation up the co-efficient list to earn them the additional spot.

Gerrard added: “We’re all very proud here at Rangers of the job we’ve done from a European point of view since we’ve came in, but we need to try to continue to push and keep improving that ourselves.

“It’s fantastic for the country that there’s extra places, but, at the same time, all the teams have to continue to try to keep doing as well as they can to maintain those positions, because as quick as they’ve come and as hard as we’ve had to work for them, they can be taken away, as well.”


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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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