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Monday 20 August 2018

McCulloch is ready to step back for Caley clash

Lee McCulloch will have no qualms moving back into the Rangers defence for tonight's Scottish Premier League clash with Inverness at Ibrox.

Walter Smith will be without stopper Madjid Bougherra, who is suspended, while right-back Steven Whittaker is a doubt with a badly-bruised toe, as is left-back Sasa Papac, who has a groin complaint.

The Light Blues boss could bring Andy Webster in to replace Bougherra but the former Hearts defender has played only one game this season, which could lead Smith to pair McCulloch with David Weir.

The Rangers midfielder insists he would be happy to help as the Light Blues attempt to cut Celtic's lead at the top of the SPL to two points.

"If the manager asks me to play there then no problem, I will go back and give it my best shot," the former Wigan midfielder said.

While McCulloch is happy to utilise his versatility for the greater good, he is still trying to play down the popular perception that he is a converted striker.

He said: "Everyone keeps saying that I used to be a striker but I have played centre midfield for most of my career."

Inverness boss Terry Butcher believes leading scorer Adam Rooney is focused on the job in hand despite speculation linking him with a transfer.

The former Rangers defender insists no offers have been made for Rooney, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but called for the striker's future to be determined.

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