Rangers boss optimistic over pair

Rangers boss optimistic over pair
Kenny Miller.

Rangers boss Walter Smith is confident Kenny Miller and Kevin Thomson will be fit for Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League trip to Hamilton.

Striker Miller and midfielder Thomson were both forced to pull out of the Scotland squad for the goalless World Cup qualifier against Norway the weekend before last.

Miller needed an injection on a long-standing hamstring strain, while Thomson suffered an ankle injury in the shock SPL defeat at St Mirren on October 5.

Smith said in Rangers News: “I think both Kevin and Kenny will be fine for Saturday.

“Kevin has an ankle injury which was a bit swollen and it took a bit to settle. He only trained towards the end of last week, but the extra time will mean he is fully fit for Hamilton.

“Kenny had the injection in his hamstring and that required a period where he couldn’t train, but he came back last week and there has been no problem with it.”

Smith has already said Saturday’s match will probably come too soon for captain Barry Ferguson, who played his first match in five months yesterday when the reserves beat St Mirren at Love Street.

Striker Kyle Lafferty had also been struggling with injury but could come into contention at New Douglas Park after impressing his manager with his performances for Northern Ireland during the international break.

“It was good to see Kyle and Steve (Davis) doing well for Northern Ireland last week and them getting a goal each,” said Smith.

“Kyle needed the games because he has not featured for us as much as we would have liked although Steven has been playing on a regular basis.”

Rangers will play their first match in almost three weeks when they face Accies this weekend following the postponement of last Saturday’s match against Dundee United.

Smith has warned his players not to take Billy Reid’s promoted side lightly.

“Hamilton have a great deal of enthusiasm about their play as you would expect for a side that has just come up into the Premier League,” he said.

“A few teams have been caught out and we will have to match that.”

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