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Rangers with defensive blow against Maribor

europa league maribor v rangers liveRangers have double defensive blow ahead with the news that David Weir and Kyle Bartley did not travel for Europa League play off furst leg clash against Slovenian Maribor.

The Scottish champions jetted out from Glasgow Airport on Wednesday morning for Thursday's  Europa League play-off first leg in Slovenia.

Skipper Weir failed to recover from a hamstring strain that has sidelined him for a couple of weeks, while Bartley suffered a groin strain in the 2-0 win at Inverness at the weekend.

Better news for Rangers is that Lee McCulloch, who can operate at centre-half if need be, 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 highly unlikely to feature.

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