Three confirmed absences for Aberdeen as Gerrard prepares for quarter


Steven Gerrard has today effectively confirmed three absences for tomorrow night’s cup replay with Aberdeen, while one absence from Friday returns.

Along with long-term absentees Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy, recently-injured Gareth McAuley’s pulled hamstring continues to hinder him and the Northern Irish international will not be available for selection tomorrow, giving Gerrard the usual three centre backs to select from.

Meanwhile, Croat Borna Barisic will return from illness and likely be included in the 18-man squad for the visit of Derek McInnes’ men, with the obvious dilemma over whether or not he or Andy Halliday will occupy that left back berth for the quarter.

Otherwise it’s a continuingly fit squad, with the blight of injuries that peppered the earlier season seemingly clearing up at a very opportune time with the split just round the corner.

That said, as we alluded to in our earlier piece, that issue at the back with McAuley’s absence could pave the way for a very useful emergency signing given three defenders really isn’t a lot of depth for such a critical time of the season.

But at least the injuries overall are now at an incredibly low level.


  1. To say we have to win this would be a massive understatement we need to both win well and also send a clear message to everyone where we are in our rebuilding both on and off the field . It's a pity about Fridays and other silly dropped points cause we would have been right in there against the Rotten I said in an earlier post Lennon cannot seperate himself from what he is as to what his position is !!! This gives the RM extra pressure they never had with Brendan …We Are The People

  2. Worrying time, for Borna. If he screws up or goes to sleep in this game, that will be it, for him. Robbing us of our last chance at silverware, will not be looked on kindly. They all, better pull their socks up. Or prepare themselves, for the reaction. Failure, is just not an option tonight.

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