Rangers’ 2-0 win over Hibs was slightly more of a struggle than perhaps it needed to be, after Leon Balogun was again blighted by injury, a hamstring issue seemingly robbing Rangers of the Nigerian stopper.
After a lung-busting start with the former Werder man bullying Hibs’ forwards, he was stricken early on after tweaking something and was visibly upset, the reaction of someone knowing it’s a bad one, again.
Borna Barisic came on to replace the centre-moving Calvin Bassey, and Rangers’ gameplan did become very shaky, with the Croat looking visibly flat and struggling to get a hold on his game.
His passing was neat enough, but Rangers visibly struggled with the alteration before eventually clutching the match fully and adjusting.
It’s a pain – Rangers keep being robbed of their centre backs, and Filip Helander’s return can’t come soon enough.
But the problem is both he and Balogun are so deeply unreliable for fitness and both have been completely slain by injury since coming to Govan.
We saw a few comments to the tune of ‘why didn’t we just pay for Souttar’, seemingly forgetting he’s had two years of injury issues himself.
The only reliable stopper we have is Connor Goldson, who remarkably proved that sustainability with his 200th match tonight.
Rangers badly need reliable, fresh and solid new defenders this summer, because the backline just isn’t stable at present.