Aaron Ramsey and Kemar Roofe could return for Rangers’ Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig, says Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will give Kemar Roofe and Aaron Ramsey “as long as possible” to prove their fitness for Rangers’ Europa League semi-final second leg against RB Leipzig on Thursday night.

The Jamaica striker and on-loan Wales midfielder have been out with respective knee and hamstring problems since the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic at Hampden Park last month.

The Gers were beaten 1-0 by the Bundesliga outfit in Germany last Thursday night and, ahead of the return fixture at Ibrox, Van Bronckhorst said: “It depends how the training will go. When they got injured we all knew that they would work towards the game tomorrow [Thursday].

Reo Hatate with the injured Ramsey during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Rangers

“Of course I will wait as long as possible, but the most important thing for me is that they are physically able to play a part in tomorrow’s game, that is always the deciding factor.

“We still have one day to prepare. Today will be an important day for both. I cannot tell you if they are in the squad for tomorrow or not.”

Kemar Roofe had an early header ruled out by VAR
Kemar Roofe had an early header ruled out by VAR

GvB: Let’s make Jimmy Bell proud

Van Bronckhorst has also urged his side to make the late Jimmy Bell proud and reach the Europa League final.

Gers kit man Bell passed away this week at the age of 69, after earning a cult hero status at Ibrox after working at the club for 30 years.

Van Bronckhorst’s side trail RB Leipzig 1-0 from the first leg and the Dutchman admitted his players were deeply affected by Bell’s passing.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was delighted to be reunited with Jimmy Bell
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was delighted to be reunited with Jimmy Bell

“We were all shocked about the news, it was a hard day for all of us,” said Van Bronckhorst. “Everyone was really down.

“Yesterday we didn’t do a lot, we were at the training ground, the atmosphere was very down and everyone was in shock. We talked about him [Bell], we shared stories about him

“It was a a big game already, but now we’re really determined to go out tomorrow and make everyone proud and make Jimmy proud.

“We still mourn, we’re still down. But I think the character of my players are the best I’ve seen from any team I’ve coached.

“I’m sure the character, belief, determination will be there and we’ll do everything to reach the final.”

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