Another unwanted defensive injury blow as Rangers fall in Naples

Another unwanted defensive injury blow as Rangers fall in Naples
Napoli's Italian forward Giacomo Raspadori (L) shoots to the goal past Rangers' Scottish defender Leon King during the UEFA Champions League Group A second leg football match between SSC Napoli and Rangers FC at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers could be down to just James Sands and Ben Davies in defence after the latest injury casualty addition to Rangers’ treatment table was feared to be Leon King after the 19-year old had to be taken off near the end of the Ibrox side’s latest Champions League loss.

We’ll discuss the match itself in due course, but that Borna Barisic was brought on in central defence to play the remainder our shows how diabolically short we now are, as if we weren’t before.

That Giovanni explained no Bosman would replace similarly-stricken Connor Goldson suggested the strategy for critical player losses is to ‘cross fingers and pray’ and sadly this well-thought out plan probably won’t be sufficient going forward.

Rangers’ injury situation is simply appalling, and questions need to be asked of the medical team, and the training regime. Ibrox Noise has never known a single injury plague this bad in the entire history of our club where 10+ players were out at once – and so many of them being long term is just atrocious.

And Leon King had instantly become red-critical to the team, such is the level of injuries to his department, but now it seems he may well be a doubt or more for the weekend, which is beyond farce, beyond comprehension.

How long before we start to bring in emergency loans or Bosmans, or are the board just too tight to spend the money needed to salvage this season? It seems obvious some cash needs to be spent but we just cannot see Rangers’ board sanctioning it at all.

On the day we learned Kamara could be out for a while, King may well have joined him. Meanwhile Tavernier and Lundstram are both playing with injuries. Indeed, those injuries have likely been rather reflective in both of these two and their form, with Tavernier being absolutely shocking the past couple of months while Lundstram has struggled for consistency.

It seems like before long Gio’s going to have to put his boots on, not to mention Makaay.


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  1. It was far too soon for King to be playing at this level so much and it couldn’t be helped if course. Given injuries and the desire to release Katic and Balogum this was a disaster in the making. Gio has just about run his course but he has had his hands seriously tied under this regime, not strengthening the squad with real quality and not spending after the PSV games. Ironically the board members not willing to sanction any money whether new players or adding Bosmans to the wage bill are now not protecting their investment and their stock will slip anyway so they sooner they take their windfalls the sooner we can move on.

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