Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is set for an imminent comeback from injury and his return will lift the team after a recent defeat in the league.
Manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed the 26-year-old may be involved in the squad on Thursday night for the Europa League tie with Rapid Vienna, but is more certain of a return at the weekend against Hearts.
The Light Blues go into the European clash on the back of a 1-0 loss away to Livingston on Sunday, which meant their start to the league season remains extremely underwhelming.
Gerrard is still searching for his perfect balance in a midfield three and could find it when he welcomes back Jack.
Jack has shown in the 10 appearances he has made this campaign that he is a no-nonsense enforcer that can slot in effectively as the defensive midfielder in Gerrard’s system.
The Scotland international helps break up play in front of the defence and allows his attacking teammates to get at opponents going the other way.
He should be a mainstay in the starting XI, leaving two from three out of Scott Arfield, Lassana Coulibaly and Ovie Ejaria to complete the midfield area.
Rangers are desperate to find some consistency in their results and a core spine of the team is needed.