Monday 26 February 2018

Ljungberg in Ibrox frame

Neil Lennon is hugely tempted to start Freddie Ljungberg in tomorrow's Old Firm game at Ibrox but revealed that Olivier Kapo and Daryl Murphy are out.

Former Arsenal star Ljungberg (33) will officially complete his move to the Parkhead club today and will be eligible for the game against Rangers when international clearance comes through, which is expected to be a formality.

Speaking at the club's Lennoxtown training complex yesterday morning alongside the Swedish legend, Lennon said: "My only concern is that Freddie hasn't played a lot of football since October, he hasn't played any.

"I don't want to bring him in and then he breaks down because he has that lack of football or training.

"I will talk to the medical staff and Freddie over the next couple of days.

"There is a huge temptation because he is a quality player. Kapo tweaked a hamstring, it could be two or three weeks, and Daryl is a strange one.

"At first it looked like an Achilles but it could be a lower calf strain. Barring those two everyone else in the squad will be involved."

Rangers are hopeful Steven Naismith will be passed fit for the match after suffering a hamstring strain on St Stephen's Day.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty will be back in action for the clash at Ibrox after several weeks on the sideline with a broken bone in his hand.

Irish Independent

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