So, we’ve flirted around this topic but the reality is Rangers are presently suffering the biggest squad crisis to have hit them in years.
We can rarely remember a time when we lost this many players to suspension and injury, and Ibrox Noise takes you through the lot, player by player:
Obviously out, McGregor was banned for two matches and this is the first one he’ll sit out.
Yes, the three-match ban still has two matches to run, this being the second. Rangers have another 180 minutes without the services of the Colombian.
Ok so he was about as likely to play as yours truly, but Dorrans has suffered ‘another setback’ and frankly we’re on the verge of completely giving up on him. His prognosis; unknown. His ETA; unknown.
He’s resumed kicking the ball but Gerrard has stuck to April/May time at the earliest for Murphy. He had looked in Tenerife like he might be ahead of schedule but it seems he’s more on schedule.
This seems to have been a bad one – picked up a bad muscle injury in Tenerife and while this may be knee jerk, he could well have cost his season – Gerrard has admitted he’s a while away yet, in those words, and we couldn’t even guess when the lad will be back.
Has felt his hammie pull in training and is a huge doubt for today – there’s every small chance he’ll still make it but that likelihood is slim.
Has also picked up a tweak in training, in his case calf, and like Lafferty will be given to the last minute to prove fitness. But we don’t expect it.
It’s quite a hefty loss of seven significant players at Ibrox to lose – and for the entire front line to be lost is a hell of a blow to say the least. Hopefully our manager earns his big bucks and can reshuffle!