Giovanni van Bronckhorst takes his side to Aberdeen tomorrow night without four key players.
Joe Aribo is about to win AFCON on behalf of Nigeria with Steve Davis, Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe all missing through injury.
With Nathan Patterson and Jermain Defoe moving on the Ibrox squad will be thinned down for the match which will be played in front of a near full house at Pittodrie.
Picking up on this morning’s Ibrox media conference the Daily Record reports:
Van Bronckhorst said: “ Scott Arfield and Steven Davis will also both miss out with injury. Joe Aribo will miss out on international duty.”
That could see Gers hand American James Sands a debut or be forced to bring in John Lundstram – hooked at half-time on his last appearance and linked with a January exit – or Juninho Bacuna.
There was, however, more positive news on the injury front as van Bronckhorst said: “Filip Helander started training but the game will be too early for him.
“Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack will both start training with the team this week. We had two weeks to prepare ourselves and to get more time to work with the players on the pitch and in team meetings.”
Aberdeen have had three full weeks to prepare for the match with Stephen Glass lifting his side into sixth spot before the break despite some very poor results and performances.
Earlier in the season John Beaton denied the Dons a win at Ibrox with the award of a late penalty but despite six minutes of stoppage time the match ended in a draw.
Kevin Clancy will referee tomorrow’s match which will be shown live by Sky Sports without VAR.