Rangers may have been hit with a hammer blow following a potentially broken foot after star midfielder Ryan Jack had to be placed in a leg brace following the Pittodrie clash.
The 27-year old has been to consult at hospital and while the extent of the damage is not yet clear, the fact the ex-Dons captain is now in a brace like Eros Grezda and Jordan Rossiter in recent seasons bodes far from well, and he is certain to miss the trip to Edinburgh on Friday.
But it’s the long-term ramifications which are deeply worrying – Jack has been one of Rangers’ standout performers this season – a huge part of why the team’s form this calendar year and a massive reason Steven Gerrard’s men overcame Celtic.
If he is now missing for even the medium term it could be undeniably damaging given just what he offers to the team in both attack and defence, seeing as how Jack has developed this season.
Ryan Jack being out for the run in and the split could well be as big a problem for Rangers as losing Rodgers was for Celtic.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.