STEVEN GERRARD has received a double boost as he prepares to take charge of Rangers for the 150th time against Ross County at Ibrox this afternoon.

Crocked duo Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe are poised to make their first-team return against the Highlanders to mark the occasion.

The Scotland international midfielder has been out for two months with a knee problem while the former Leeds striker has not played since limping off in the 2-0 win over Celtic on January 2.

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, admitted: “Ryan has had a full week’s training and he’ll be back in the squad.

“And we’ll make a decision on Kemar. It’s his first session back with the group, so it’s two really big boosts for us to have Jack and Roofe back, two really important players.

“We have missed Jack. He’s been a big player here and a big character. So to have him back with eight or nine days’ training under his belt means he’s obviously ready now and he will be in the group fighting for a start.

“To have him fit going forward is an immense boost, not just for our midfielders, but for everyone connected with the club because he can help us going forward massively.”

Gerrard insists he always knew rebuilding Rangers into a title-winning force was not a quick fix as he celebrates his milestone in charge.

The Gers are poised to claim their first title in a decade and a win this afternoon would push them TWENTY-THREE points ahead of Neil Lennon’s faltering champions whose hopes of a tenth successive flag are in ruins.

Gerrard, who took over in the summer of 2018, added: “I’ve been reluctant to mention any targets. I obviously sat down with Dave King, the chairman at the time, Stewart Robertson and the board and I was well aware of what was expected of me.

“So, knowing it was going to take time and a certain amount of windows, that hasn’t surprised me. It’s played out exactly how I thought.

“We just need to remain focused on our targets and what we’re trying to achieve as a group.”

Gerrard has recorded 97 wins as Ibrox boss so far and 10 more in the league will be enough to crown his side champions.


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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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