Double blow for Rangers

Weir and Bartley miss out on Euro trip

Weir: Was hoping to have recovered in time to make the trip

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Rangers boss Ally McCoist has suffered a double injury blow with defensive duo David Weir and Kyle Bartley left out of their squad to face Maribor.

The Scottish champions have travelled to Slovenia ahead of their first-leg Europa League qualifier without captain Weir, who has failed to recover from a hamstring strain.

Kyle Bartley suffered a groin strain in the 2-0 win at Inverness at the weekend and will also miss out.

On a positive note, Lee McCulloch, who can operate as a makeshift centre-half, did travel and looks set to recover from a knee injury.

Kyle Lafferty, who is recovering from a hernia operation, travelled with the rest of the team but is thought to be unlikely to feature.