Andy Halliday among Rangers players left out of squad for Europa League opener

Pedro Caixinha has given his biggest hint yet that he sees no future for a clutch of his Rangers first-team stars after leaving them out of his squad for their opening Europa League qualifier.

The names of defender Rob Kiernan, midfielders Andy Halliday and Matt Crooks and forwards Harry Forrester, Michael O’Halloran and Joe Dodoo are all missing from the list Gers submitted to UEFA ahead of Thursday’s Ibrox clash with Luxembourgish minnows Progres Niederkorn.

Reports on Monday morning claimed Halliday is the latest player to be informed by Caixinha his time is up in Govan.

Rob Kiernan has not been selected for Thursday's match (Craig Watson/PA)
Rob Kiernan has not been selected for Thursday’s match (Craig Watson/PA)

According to the Scottish Sun, the boyhood Light Blues supporter has been told he is free to leave the club on loan this summer.

Caixinha is looking to clear out some of the dead wood left behind by predecessor Mark Warburton after signing up eight new recruits in recent weeks.

Kiernan has featured just once for the Portuguese boss since he was appointed back in March.

O’Halloran, meanwhile, was made to report for a fortnight’s worth of 6am training sessions after failing to turn up for an under-20s clash while Forrester has also been told to find himself a new club after failing to impress since the new manager arrived.

Meanwhile, Gers have confirmed Thursday’s clash against Niederkorn – the club’s first European fixture in six years – is a complete sell-out.

The supporters turning out for the tie will hope to catch a first glimpse of recent arrivals like Ryan Jack, Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio, Carlos Pena, Eduardo Herrera and Alfredo Morelos.

However, Bruno Alves will not feature despite being registered with UEFA for the tie, with the veteran Portugal defender still on Confederations Cup duty after his nation qualified for Wednesday’s semi-final showdown against Chile.

And his compatriot Daniel Candeias also misses out after his registration papers from former club Alanyaspor failed to arrive in time from Turkey to have the winger registered for this week’s qualifier.

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