Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will lead his squad in a Champions League qualifier for the first time next month when Gers take on Malmö or HJK Helsinki in the third qualifying round – but Ibrox’s boss faces a squad registration dilemma before his squad angrily kicks a ball.
The Light Blues have broken registration rules in recent seasons due to a lack of local players, limiting the number of 25 places Gerrard can fill in the Rangers Champions League squad.
With a great first-team squad, Gerrard will once again face issues when it comes to picking his team before the July 29 deadline.
Rangers can pick 25 players on List A (senior players), but eight of them must be considered local – with four of those eight arriving at the club.
As part of List A of 25 players, two of them must be goalkeepers.
There is also List B that Academy players must be listed on to strengthen the Rangers Champions League squad – a third goalkeeper to be appointed if three have not been made on List A. .
Gerrard will have to leave out some first-team players – although the potential Rangers exits for some of his fringe players may make the process a bit easier.
Of the current first-team squad, five players would be counted as club premises – Allan McGregor, Nathan Patterson, Stephen Kelly, Glenn Middleton and Robby McCrorie – while Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack, Jake Hastie and Scott Wright make up the rest. . of the local quota.
That would allow the Rangers to use all 25 A-List spots – but what will Gerrard’s full squad look like this time around next week?
Here’s Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad ahead of the Champions League registration deadline:
Allan McGregor (house – club)
Robby McCrorie (house – club)
Nathan Patterson (house – club)
Ryan Jack (house – nation)
Scott Wright (house – nation)
Stephen Kelly (house – club)
Scott Arfield (house – nation)
Jake Hastie (house – nation)
Glenn Middleton (house – club)
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