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RYAN JACK looks set to make his injury comeback tomorrow night against Kilmarnock. The Rangers midfielder hasn't played since limping off at half-time in last month's clash at Tynecastle. 2 Rangers star Ryan Jack is set to return to the fold Credit: Willie Vass - The Sun But Steven Gerrard has confirmed he could be involved at Rugby Park after recovering from a calf injury. Croatian full-back Borna Barisic faces a race against time after picking up a knock against Hamilton on Saturday. He said: "Borna has an outside chance.
"He won't train today and we're going to try and give it as long as we possibly can. "He'll probably have a late fitness test so at the moment, the best case scenario is that he's 50/50 just now. 2 Borna Barisic is a doubt for the trip to Kilmarnock Credit: Willie Vass - The Sun Rangers thumped Accies 4-1 to set up a Scottish Cup quarter-final clash against Hearts. Gerrard said: "Hearts will be a tough cup tie, we didn't turn up on the day last time and will be a game we really look forward to but obviously the focus is on the games prior to that. "It is very important that the goals are shared out and it is nice to see the defenders and midfielders joining in with the goals.
I think he's got an outside chance for Wednesday night. "He will probably have a late fitness test, so at the moment the best case scenario he's 50-50 right now. "Ryan Jack is available, however, which is fantastic news. "Kilmarnock have had three decent results and they seem to be turning a corner, our matches against them have always been tough. "We need to continue to work, there have been times we have had the 90 minutes performances and I have every confidence we will get there again." BORNA BARISIC is battling to be fit in time to face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park tomorrow night – but Rangers boss Steven Gerrard admits it's an uphill fitness struggle.
The Croatian left-back, so impressive in recent months, was forced off injured during the Ibrox side's 4-1 Scottish Cup victory over Hamilton Accies at the FYO Stadium at the weekend. Gerrard, though, had better news concerning Scotland international midfielder Ryan Jack, who is poised to return against Killie after limping off in the 2-1 setback against Hearts last month. Barisic is desperate to join him as the Gers attempt to keep pressure on champions Celtic who are seven points ahead with the Govan outfit having a game in hand. Gerrard, speaking to the Daily Record, said: "Borna has an outside chance, he won't train today and we will give him a late fitness test, he is 50/50. Ryan Jack is available. "We expect nothing different and it will be a good challenge for us. "We need to continue to work, there have been times we have had the 90 minutes performances and I have every confidence we will get there again." Steven Gerrard believes Alfredo Morelos is ready to rediscover top form after shrugging off his incident hit start to 2020. Morelos missed the first three games of the new year through suspension following his Parkhead dismissal then drew blanks against Ross County, Aberdeen and Hibernian. But he got back on the goal trail on Saturday's as he headed home his 29th goal of the campaign against Hamilton to help Gers into the last eight of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Gerrard said: "We always support all the players across the board. "As a club, from top to bottom we always try to look after all the players, whether they be in the first team or the academy. I thought he looked like he was getting sharper in the Hibs game. "He finished that game really strong then took that form into the weekend and got his goal, which is always important for a striker. Ryan Jack is ready to return from a calf injury for Rangers against Kilmarnock (Andy Milligan/PA Images). Goals from Morelos and Joe Aribo at the Foys Stadium were bookended by a Scott Arfield double and Gerrard was pleased to see the rest of his team chipping in as he looks to relieve some of the pressure from his top scorer's shoulders. Ryan Kent's numbers are a lot better than last season so if we can get that collectively around the group we're going to win more football matches and give ourselves a better chance. Gerrard is also set for a further boost ahead of Wednesday's clash with Kilmarnock with the news Borna Barisic and Ryan Jack could both be available to take on Alex Dyer's team. Borna Barisic is a doubt for Rangers' clash with Kilmarnock due to a thigh injury (Jane Barlow/PA Images). Left-back Barisic is rated just 50-50 after tweaking a thigh muscle against Hamilton but the Croatia international will be given the until the last minute to prove his fitness ahead of the Rugby Park clash. Jack, however, is ready to return after injuring his calf against Hearts last month. On Barisic, Gerrard said: "I think he's got an outside chance for Wednesday night. We're going to try to give it as long as we can. "He will probably have a late fitness test, so at the moment the best case scenario he's 50-50 right now. "Ryan Jack is available, however, which is fantastic news." Steven Gerrard has conceded that Borna Barisic is still doubtful to feature in Rangers' clash against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night. Barisic went off injured in Rangers' win over Hamilton in the Scottish Cup clash at the weekend and was termed doubtful for the midweek league game. Gerrard conceded that he is still a doubt for the game but has an outside chance of being in the squad against Kilmarnock. Barisic will undergo a late fitness test to prove whether he is ready to play in the game on Wednesday night. The Rangers boss did give some positive news on the availability of Ryan Jack for the Kilmarnock game. "Borna has an outside chance", Gerrard said in a press conference. "He won't train today and we will give him a late fitness test, he is 50/50. "Ryan Jack is available." Rangers are seven points behind Celtic in the title race albeit playing a game fewer than the reigning Scottish champions. They will hope to keep the pressure on Celtic with a win over Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.