Todd Cantwell Returns to Rangers Lineup Ahead of Viaplay Cup Final

Rangers fans have reason to be optimistic as Todd Cantwell, previously absent due to undisclosed personal circumstances, is in contention for a spot in tomorrow’s cup final against Aberdeen. The midfielder missed Thursday’s memorable victory over Real Betis in Spain but has since participated in training sessions, signaling his potential return to action.

Manager Philippe Clement provided an update on the team’s status, revealing that Cantwell trained with his teammates and could play a role in the upcoming Viaplay Cup final at Hampden. The midfielder’s availability adds depth to the squad and brings a positive twist to Rangers’ preparations for the crucial match.

The absence of Jose Cifuentes, who started the game against Real Betis but had to be withdrawn due to a muscle injury, presents a challenge for the team. Clement acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding Cifuentes’ recovery timeline, leaving the midfield selection open for adjustments. Dujon Sterling, a versatile player, is likely to step into the midfield role in Cifuentes’ absence.

In addressing the team’s situation, Clement commented, “Todd Cantwell trained today, so there is a chance he will be there tomorrow. Jose Cifuentes will be injured—we are unsure how long for.” This uncertainty places additional emphasis on the adaptability of the squad, with players like Dujon Sterling proving their versatility by playing outside their conventional positions.

Scott Wright and Leon King are confirmed as available options for Clement, providing the manager with alternatives to fine-tune his lineup for the final showdown against Aberdeen. Despite the challenges posed by injuries and uncertainties, the manager expressed confidence in the adaptability of his players, particularly praising Dujon Sterling for stepping up when needed.

“Dujon Sterling is a versatile player; he is a good defender but has good feet and is very physical. I was looking for a solution from injuries, and sometimes players need to play out of the box—he did this,” remarked Clement, highlighting the importance of versatility in overcoming the hurdles presented by the team’s current situation.