Rangers boss Michael Beale has provided an injury update on midfielder Kieran Dowell.

The Englishman has been out of action with a knee problem since last month but appears to be on the road to recovery.

Beale reckons the 25-year-old will be available from next week, meaning he would be in contention for visit of Aberdeen

He said: "Kieran Dowell will be back by next Wednesday or Thursday so that is good news because he helps us in midfield and on the next line as well."

Beale also insisted Rangers have "a heck of a player" in youngster Bailey Rice and he cannot wait to see him make an impact.

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The 43-year-old had nothing but good things to say about the Ibrox youth prospect and feels he could have a role to play in the near future.

Rice recently signed a contract extension with Rangers, after making his debut for the club last season, and has been a regular part of the B team.

"I'm telling you we have got a heck of a player in Bailey Rice. He is 16, he is not 17 until the end of the month," he continued.

"When I introduce him to this madhouse, and my protection of him is important, but I am telling you he is ready."