The latest injury to hit Rangers, with James Sands a doubt for the weekend, is just a-now sadly predictable knock to the squad with regular dropouts happening relentlessly.
Sands limped off at the weekend, and there’s an iota of doubt over Ben Davies as well given how patchy his fitness has been since arriving at Ibrox, meaning Rangers’ injury list is now just longer than the Nile.
There’s no real point listing all the unavailables or doubts, it’s more pertinent now to narrow it down to who is actually fit and able to play at their best.
We have three goalies fit, for what that’s worth. But defence is still desperately thin, with just Tavernier, Devine, King and Barisic 100% available – Tavernier is of course not 100% fit and is still carrying a niggle. In midfield Lundstram needs a rest and can’t actually have one (also carrying injury), while Kamara and Davis are mercifully available. Attacking areas see Ryan Kent, Tillman, Arfield, Matondo and Scott Wright still in one piece, while up front it’s Morelos and Colak.
We are, effectively, down to a grand total of 17 definitely available players, Giovanni van Bronckhorst having to dip into the Academy and use some fresh-faced ‘noobs’ to fill the numbers. The ‘maybes’ are Davies, Sands and beyond those two, we’re pretty much dry.
So optimistically we have 19, and that includes three goalkeepers. So it’s really 16 outfield players, and if we’re being even more realistic, it’s 14 outfield players 100% available. Which… is pretty abject. A shocking display of injuries, bad fitness, and who knows what else.
End of the day this is the way things are, our injury crisis is beyond one and is a full-scale epidemic, frankly. It feels contagious, and we couldn’t even begin to explain why so many Rangers players pull and get injured, in which is likely to be the worst injury situation in football at present.
Sands got added a few days ago, and he was vital. His flexibility was so useful and we hope it’s not serious for him because remove him from the picture and options go into pure desperation.
We really need respite.