So the state of play with Rangers’ injuries doesn’t get much better. Ridvan is now confirmed as almost certainly out till 2023 while Ben Davies joined him after being withdrawn v Aberdeen.
Rangers will return to action on the 15th of December, albeit the world cup will still be going at that point, but with the unprecedented date of this year’s tournament it’s hard to have any judgement on the state of play by mid-late December.
But while Giovanni is ‘hopeful’ Davies will be back for St Johnstone this weekend, his Turkish team mate’s prognosis is a bit more grim. ‘A few weeks’ absence for him which takes us right up to the world cup, and in truth, probably will be a bit more.
So all the players out list 12, with the loss of Davies tempered by the return of Glen Kamara, who may well feature tonight, albeit the Fin is well short of match sharpness, having played so little this season, just 501 minutes in total for the club, and having not played a minute for over three weeks.
Long and short of it is, Rangers’ injury list remains gigantic, with a shocking amount of players out and unavailable.
The only difference this time with Davies adding to the list is someone came off it in the form of Kamara, so the list didn’t lengthen further.
But the likes of Helander, Goldson, Souttar, Yilmaz, Davies, Hagi, Lawrence, Ofoborh, Lowry, and Roofe all remain AWOL, albeit one or two of them close in on recoveries.
It doesn’t help matters seeing all these names, but at least Kamara is now fit again and able to fill in given we have no Lundstram and no Davies – which means core defence and midfield is Davis, Sands, Kamara and King. It’s hardly an embarrassment of riches right now.
We hope for more bodies in come January, and player recoveries, because right now, the fit players at Ibrox are running on fumes rather – and this stress on them is far from fair, given the options for rotation are very limited.
And before any bright spark argues Scott Arfield is a central midfield option, he is far from it – he’s middle to front. We tried playing him beside Lundstram and it was the same as Davis, it just didn’t work.
So yes, this requires careful management.