Lukas Julis to miss Rangers showdown as Celtic executioner makes headlines in Sparta Prague injury crisis

Rangers have been given a boost ahead of their next Europa League clash with injured Sparta Prague.

Steven Gerrard’s men will look to take off in Group A after a first day loss to an impressive Lyon team.

They could face a second team from Prague with boss Pavel Vrba expected to miss up to eight star names ahead of the clash.

Talisman Lukas Julis tops a long list of players facing a spell on the sidelines ahead of the Rangers’ life-saving showdown as he recovers from a groin injury.

Julis showed Scottish football fans just how dangerous he can be when he scored five goals against Celtic in the double-headed Europa League group stage last season.

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With Sparta securing 4-1 home and away victories against Parkhead’s side, Julis netted a hat-trick in east Glasgow and a brace in the second leg.

Key midfielder Filip Soucek also appears absent from the clash after taking a hit in the last league outing against Zlin.

Vrba admitted it was a touch and go as to the extent of the injury sustained.

He said iSport : “His leg swelled (following the tackle). He will take a professional exam in the next few days ”,

Czech Republic Tricky winger Ladislav Krejci will be out and is not expected to return until the end of the year due to muscle issues.

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