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Kyle Lafferty left out of Rangers' Euro squad after Ibrox exit links

 

Gers striker Kyle Lafferty
Gers striker Kyle Lafferty

By Gavin McCafferty

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty and Daniel Candeias have been omitted from Rangers' list of registered players for their Europa League first-round encounters with St Joseph's of Gibraltar.

Kesh-born Lafferty has been linked with a move away from Ibrox and was left out of Steven Gerrard's training camp in the Algarve earlier this month.

Clubs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia have considered a move for the forward, while Thai Super League champions Buriram United were last week said to have opened talks with Rangers.

However, the failure to include Portuguese winger Candeias is a surprise as he made 52 appearances last season and netted in a 5-0 friendly win over Oxford on Sunday.

"You can swap and change - I'm not going to make a big thing of it," boss Steven Gerrard said.

"It is just the way it is when you have big numbers, big squads, big players and competition for places."

Teams can name up to 25 players, but the number is reduced if they do not have enough club-trained or locally-trained players.

Northern Ireland stars Steven Davis and Jordan Jones are included, however full-back Jon Flanagan is missing after undergoing hernia surgery which will sideline him for about three weeks, while Jamie Murphy is also out of the trip to Gibraltar for tonight's first leg.

Midfielder Scott Arfield is listed in the squad but will not feature in Gibraltar having just returned following international duty with Canada. The out-of-favour Graham Dorrans, Jason Holt, Joe Dodoo and Eros Grezda are also absent, while Jordan Rossiter has joined Fleetwood on loan.

Glenn Middleton and Ryan Hardie are also missing as Rangers seek loan switches for the pair.

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