Rangers face easily months without Connor Goldson, in his first-ever significant injury as a Rangers player, with the vice-captain set to miss up to and beyond Christmas with a reported muscle tear.
The 29-year old defender, who had just started to win supporters back after a bad start to the season, limped off at half time at Ibrox yesterday evening in a moment which evidently played a role in Rangers’ second half collapse, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirming the former Brighton man was now likely to be out.
It means, going forward, Rangers only have three senior defenders left, including still-green Leon King who has a tonne to learn about football before he’s even close to being the finished product.
Which leaves King alongside midfielder James Sands, who had been deputising in defence, and the in-form Ben Davies are all the defensive options Rangers now have up until and potentially well beyond Christmas.
Rangers’ long-term injury list is absolutely ridiculous:
Goldson, Helander, Souttar, Hagi, and Tom Lawrence are among those unavailable till 2023 and three of them are centrebacks.
Meanwhile the exits of Calvin Bassey, Leon Balogun and Niko Katic look agonisingly short-sighted, especially the latter two. Rangers might as well not have any defenders at all these days, in a position which is clearly hitting crisis point if it’s not already there.
No two ways about it, Rangers will need to bring in an emergency Bosman. Jason Denayer, fancy returning to Glasgow?