We’ve covered this a lot recently, but after yet another major Rangers star had to go off injured, we have to raise the question again of Rangers’ diabolical fitness issues at present.
The number of players we’ve lost to absolutely ‘nothing’ is epidemic, with only Alfredo Morelos actually being genuinely hurt by an opponent, and even then he was absolutely fine last night.
Aside him, Nikola Katic, the mercifully-returned Allan McGregor, Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack, Brandon Barker, Leon Balogun and now Kemar Roofe have, for one innocuous reason or another, fallen foul of injuries recently, and in many cases, they simply broke down without even a team mate far less an opponent near them.
Are we pointing the finger at Auchenhowie?
Well it’s a world class medical facility as well as training facility, and we’d find it hard to believe it’s guilty of incompetence, but this stuff happened during the Dick Advocaat era in the early days of the-then Murray Park first opening its doors.
We just don’t know if the Rangers Training Centre is a common denominator or not.
One point was certainly raised to us, that Ryan Jack broke down following an international break, and it’s not the first time injury and Scotland have been a major pair when it comes to the ex-Aberdeen man.
And we also knew Barker and Balogun were major injury cases in the first place, so that’s also potentially nothing new.
As for Katic – an awkward and unfortunate training ground incident led to that one, and so on and so forth.
Rangers’ fringe players are mercifully doing the business, and still winning – showing that Steven Gerrard is building, or has built, a very good squad indeed.
Players coming in now know they have a great chance to keep their place because injury may allow it, so if they impress, they may stay in.
And that’s fair enough.
Just as long as their name isn’t Jordan Jones! Sorry, couldn’t resist.