Papac set to return

Rangers boss hopes defender will be fit to face Celtic at Ibrox

Papac: Set to face Hoops

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Sasa Papac has handed Rangers a boost after it was revealed he should be fit to face Celtic in the Old Firm derby on Saturday.

The defender had been expected to feature in the 2-0 home win over Hearts at the weekend but was ruled out with a knee injury.

The 29-year-old has played 27 times this season and is likely to reclaim his left-back spot for the crucial clash with fierce rivals Celtic at Ibrox at the weekend.

The Gers go into the game one point behind Gordon Strachan's men with just four games remaining and will be desperate to make home advantage count.

Rangers manager Walter Smith may also be aided by the return of fellow defenders Kirk Broadfoot from injury and Madjid Bougherra from suspension for the vital match.

In with a chance

"Sasa has a chance of being fit," Smith said.

"He has a knee injury. We thought he would be fit for the Hearts game but he just failed to make it so I imagine he would be okay for Saturday.

"Kirk Broadfoot is also back in training this week but whether he will be ready for the game or not we will have to wait and see how he progresses."