Rangers’ caretaker manager Graeme Murty looks set to be without six first-team players for tonight’s strip to Dens Park with injury and illness blighting the squad.
With a win desperately needed following Saturday’s result, Rangers could use having all their resources at their disposal, but unfortunately various ailments and aches have caused a significant portion of players to be unavailable to face Neil McCann’s men.
Long term absentee Jordan Rossiter has not only got a physical injury issue to continue to contend with, but the 20-year old has now been struck down by a mystery virus too. This creates memories of Chris Burke who was laid out for almost 18 months with some unknown infection as well. We are losing hope for the lad but my goodness we want him to turn it around.
Meanwhile Lee Wallace is at 90% of his full capacity now and is probably only weeks or even a week away from a return. As the captain he is likely to slot straight back into left back. But he will miss Dundee.
Bruno Alves is laid off as well, with a muscular problem – there is no precise time scale on the big man’s return but he is hopefully expected to make the Aberdeen double header and has been training individually to get fitness back.
Lee Hodson is also a possible doubt. The Northern Irish international had a foot problem against Hamilton but may be ok for the squad tonight.
Fabio Cardoso is also very much back in training following that broken nose – but the Portuguese stopper has confirmed Dundee comes too soon for his first-team return.
And last but not least is final long-term absentee Graham Dorrans who has no time scale at all on his ankle problem but is being rehabilitated steadily.
In better news Declan John returned to training following a bout of illness last Friday, and he will start at left back, and the squad is otherwise healthy.