Rangers have been boosted with the news that manager Steven Gerrard is on course to return to the dugout this weekend. Steven Gerrard was one of several Rangers staff affected by the Covid-19 chaos at the club shortly before the international break.

Steven Gerrard and some players missed the two games before the international break after they tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19. Liverpool legend Gerrard went into the mandatory two-week isolation immediately it was confirmed that he returned a positive test for Covid-19.

Ex-Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was missing from the Rangers dugout for the Europa League playoff second leg clash with Armenian side FC Alashkertas well as the Old Firm Derby meeting with Celtic in the league.

Without Gerrard, Rangers were able to secure their place in the Europa League group stage thanks to a goalless draw in the second leg clash at the home of Alashkert. The Scottish champions were able to book their place in the Europa League group stage thanks to a 1-0 aggregate win as they had already won the home leg 1-0 before the two teams met again in Armenia for the second leg on August 26.

Gerrard also missed the 1-0 win over Celtic in the Old Firm Derby. Rangers didn’t really miss Gerrard in that league encounter as the Scottish Premiership champions claimed Old Firm Derby bragging rights thanks to the goal from Swedish international Filip Helander.

In the absence of Rangers boss Gerrard, assistant manager Gary McAllister took charge of both the Alashkert and Celtic games.

Steven Gerrard is set to return to the dugout for the St. Johnstone game in the league this weekend as he has come out of isolation. Glasgow Live reported that Gerrard was out on a stroll earlier this week as he was seen taking son Lio to school for his first day. He has already spent the compulsory two weeks in isolation.