Rangers may face stern test without McCall

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Paul Gascoigne could have even greater midfield responsibility for Rangers when they entertain Auxerre at Ibrox tonight in the Champions' League.

Rangers were humiliated by Grasshopper Zurich in their opening game, while Auxerre lost to Ajax. Stuart McCall is Rangers' main injury doubt, and if Gascoigne's midfield partner fails to overcome a thigh injury, the manager, Walter Smith, will decide between the youthful zest of Derek McInnes or the aggression and experience of Ian Ferguson.

Rangers will revert to a back four, with Gordan Petric suspended, while Peter van Vossen replaces the injured Ally McCoist up front. Three Rangers players will have to tread warily with the threat of suspension hanging over them for next month's visit to Ajax. Richard Gough, Alex Cleland and, if fit, McCall, are one booking away from missing the Amsterdam match.

The French champions will be without the injured defenders Ned Zelic and Franck Silvestre, while there are serious doubts over Franck Rabarivony and Philippe Violeau. Meanwhile the youngsters Frederic Danjou and Johan Radet will come into the Auxerre defence.