Rangers are now officially down to zero fit defenders after Leon King took a nasty bash and had to be stretchered off, leaving just Ryan Jack and James Sands to fill in at the back, neither of whom are even close to a fully-fledged defender.
This crisis has been coming, with the farcical exits of Leon Balogun, Niko Katic and Calvin Bassey (we’ll get to him later) along with the appalling signing of John Souttar.
As we reported prior to the Liverpool match at Ibrox, Connor Goldson, James Tavernier and John Lundstram were now 100% critical – lose any of the above and Rangers’ season would quickly derail, simply because none of them have opposition of position or a quality deputy to fill in.
We are now seeing the critical damage Goldson’s injury has done, because we simply do not have a defence at all, with Leon King forcibly promoted to ever-present years before he was remotely ready.
Ben Davies’ fitness has been a shambles since even before he joined, so truthfully, we don’t even account for him when it comes to available defenders at Ibrox, and he’s left-sided anyway.
So today, having seen poor Leon carried off after a horrible collision, which we wish him a speedy recovery from, we had to rely on a midfielder and a utility player to cover the defence, with James Sands himself having an injury scare in midweek.
It’s gone beyond case critical now, and we’re not even sure what can happen in a month to fix it, personnel-wise. We literally have no one now, and are having to rely on players filling in, which costs us in other areas.
Summer decisions were bad, very, very bad. The signing of Souttar was a complete disaster, and the exits of the three mentioned earlier even worse.
Not a single transfer exit or arrival this whole calendar year, aside at a stretch Colak and Sands, has truly worked out in Rangers’ favour, and the personnel is considerably weaker now than it was during the run to Seville, in which we didn’t even have a striker for half of.
Ross Wilson carries a HUGE burden for this, as much as anything we see from Gio on the pitch – the Director of Football is finished at Rangers, because he’s mostly responsible for those calls, particularly the dire ones at the back which have left Rangers looking into the abyss.
It’s a deep, deep, deep mess now and this season is almost certainly a total washout. Likely 9 points behind before November is even halfway done.