Goian hopeful on Bartley

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Rangers defender Dorin Goian is crossing his fingers Kyle Bartley will be fit to face Maribor on Thursday.

The on-loan Arsenal man hobbled out of Gers' 2-0 SPL success over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

The defender was replaced by youngster Ross Perry and Goian believes the 21-year-old has a big future ahead of him.

Rangers tackle Maribor in the Europa League next week and Goian is hoping Bartley can overcome his groin strain to play.

Manager Ally McCoist will already be without Sasa Papac and Steven Whittaker (suspended) while David Weir (hamstring) is doubtful.


"We just hope that everybody will recover soon and we hope that it's nothing serious with Bartley," said Goian.

"We need all the players to be well. Whoever is going to play the next game, I'm sure that it will be a good game.

"Ross Perry came on and had a very good game, he is a young player and I think he has a good future.

"This is the second time that I have played for Rangers and the second time that I was playing with a different player. Now I have had three partners!

"It can be a problem, it's a problem when you have injured players. I just hope it's nothing serious and that everything is going to be okay."