Rangers’ injury list is easily the worst at Ibrox for a decade. 11-13 players are currently unavailable, depending on how you look at it, and Ibrox Noise wonders, like you, why this is happening.
In a bite-size chunk, it began in early 2022 with Ianis Hagi’s ACL in January – it ruled him instantly out till 2023 even if many fans (and his dad) tried to pretend otherwise. We will see him next year. Then it was Kemar Roofe – out for what ended up being 6 months with a ‘mysterious’ injury set – not too clear on what it was but it kept him out till two weeks ago, and he’s now out again…
Then it was Alfredo Morelos – also out for around 6+ months. Just returned in the past month and a half but still looks away off fitness and has lost his place to Antonio Colak.
But then it was reasonably quiet, before the summer blight began: Helander got ruled out long term, before John Souttar effectively joined him, along with Alex Lowry who has been on off with injuries this whole calendar year.
Nnamdi Ofoborh has been an ongoing injury case since he arrived and his career is probably over, but he still classes as being among the list, before Ben Davies also picked up a knock in pre-season and has been battling that since joining Rangers.
Then the dropping like flies started:
Ryan Jack got ruled out for the year after yet another injury, Tom Lawrence was already out after picking up a niggle as well, and we all know about Connor Goldson being gone till 2023 as well, not to mention Glen Kamara picking ‘something’ up.
We can probably add Ridvan Yilmaz to this, and Davies himself picked up something again v Aberdeen and who knows how long he’s out for. And the uncertainty over John Lundstram and James Tavernier’s fitness remains too…
The madness of Rangers’ injury list is crazy. Right now there are 12 players unavailable or barely so:
Helander, Goldson, Souttar, Yilmaz, Davies, Jack, Kamara, Lawrence, Ofoborh, Hagi, Roofe, Lowry.
We’ve just never known over a full first team unavailable through injury.