Duo set to face Kaunas
Rangers boss Walter Smith is confident Kevin Thomson and Lee McCulloch will be fit to face Kaunas.
Last Updated: 28/07/08 6:24pm
Rangers boss Walter Smith is confident Kevin Thomson and Lee McCulloch will be fit to face Kaunas in their UEFA Champions League qualifier.
The duo missed the weekend friendly win over Raith through injury and illness respectively.
Midfielder Thomson is hoping to overcome a knee knock, while McCulloch has been struggling with a throat infection.
The duo were able to train with the squad on Monday and Smith fully expects the pair to be ready to take on Kaunas.
"They trained this morning and they've got a chance of being fit for the game," said Smith.
Reaction"As long as there is no reaction from them, they should be in the squad.
"In Lee's case, I don't think there will be any problem as he has had a throat infection and that shouldn't affect him too much.
"Kevin took a little knock on his knee in training last Friday but is back in training again and he should be all right."
The Ibrox boss is less sure whether Carlos Cuellar will return for the away leg.
The former Osasuna defender was making his first appearance of pre-season against Raith after being troubled by a calf problem, and suffered another strain in a different section of the muscle.
Fatigue"I think there is perhaps a little bit of fatigue there and a hangover from the number of games he played last season," Smith told Rangers World.
"We can put the injury down to that. I would hope Carlos may yet be fit for the second leg in Kaunas but we need to give him an opportunity to let the problem clear up.
"We thought he was perfectly okay as he had a week of training under his belt and that was the strange thing about Saturday."