Rangers winger Eros Grezda is ready to take his chance to shine against Motherwell in the Ladbrokes Premiership at Ibrox on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Albania international, signed from Croatian side NK Osijek in the summer, made his first start in last week’s 2-0 win at St Mirren and he is likely to feature again against the Steelmen, with Daniel Candeias and Ryan Kent missing through suspension and injury respectively.
And after coming on as a substitute in the 4-3 Europa League defeat away to Spartak Moscow on Thursday night, he is champing at the bit for more game time after catching up on his fitness following an injury which saw him miss pre-season training.
He said: “I really can’t wait for this game because now I have to be in the places that Ryan Kent and Daniel Candeias are missing (from). So it is a big game for us and for me and I hope for the win.
“It is a really good opportunity for me because the other players that will not play this game, they did really well last month so I had to wait for my chance and I think this is one of them.”
Grezda is likely to be involved in the upcoming Nations League match against Scotland, with Gers keeper Allan McGregor in Alex McLeish’s squad.
While admitting to not knowing much about Scotland or Scottish football before signing for the Ibrox club, he is relishing the opportunity to go up against the Gers keeper.
He said: “To be honest, before I came here I didn’t know too much about Scotland but now I have a vision for this league and we are now going to play (against Scotland) on November 17 with Albania.
“It is a very important game for us because we need to win to stay at the Nations League – I told (McGregor) a couple of times already that it is a very important game for us and I will try to score past him – but first we have got a big game on Sunday so let’s get ready for that and after it is the international break.”
Manager Steven Gerrard said: “What an opportunity for him to go and announce himself as a Rangers player.
“I am really exited for Eros and Glenn (Middleton) to take their chance and go and make a name for themselves.”