As Rangers fans digest the Covid ravages decimating the squad for both tomorrow and Sunday, Ibrox Noise takes a look at the impact, and indeed implications.
All we know for sure between Thursday and Sunday is that Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram become available again, but aside that, the options are thin.
In goal there is just one senior keeper available, which could be a giant issue if Robby McCrorie gets injured. There’s no Andy Firth registered in this squad which is a bench place for young Kieran Wright. In truth, McCrorie is a very talented stopper and Rangers are in no bad place having him between the sticks. Baptism of fire or what!
In defence there are very few options at all. Patterson will be RB, and a questionably fit Barisic will likely be LB, and thankfully in the middle is the one place we’re kind of ok. Goldson, Helander and Balogun. No Simpson.
In midfield the options are intriguing again. Davis, Kamara and Aribo are all we have aside Scott Arfield and Stephen Kelly, which isn’t the most horrible selection. Only Ryan Jack would actually contest any of those, aside Lundstram. Juninho Bacuna isn’t ready yet and Nathan Ofoborh has more pressing matters to deal with.
Up front, no Defoe, Kent, Wright, Sakala or Roofe leaving just Hagi, Morelos and Itten. Unfortunately there’s nothing whatsoever on the bench here.
So, it appears the XI tomorrow will be:
McCrorie; Patterson, Goldson, Helander, Barisic; Davis, Kamara, Arfield; Hagi, Morelos, Aribo
Wright, Balogun, Kelly, Itten.
Rangers SHOULD have enough on the pitch to handle the Armenians but if it goes south there are absolutely no options on the bench.
This also means Sunday v Celtic is in a whole new complexion…