Rangers’ injury shambles rumbles on after Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed Antonio Colak is the latest casualty and will be back after the world cup.
In news that isn’t even remotely surprising to anyone connected with Rangers, another player bites the dust, but given the ongoing epidemic that has cursed the club this season, it’s absolutely par for the course.
In truth, it’s one game he misses, St Mirren, and hopefully the world cup break will give the club that desperately-needed respite to get a glut of players back fit again, with a full month available for pure recuperation purposes given just Borna Barisic is actually going to Qatar.
That means a whole bunch of players have a good chance to get fit with no further injuries likely in training (we hope) and the full workout of TLC to get these crocks fit and well again by the time the final is played next month.
Is Colak a loss? Well, we do have a ready-made replacement in Alfredo Morelos, whose shooting boots have been utterly wild this season, but this is his chance to prove he deserves to be first choice again after effectively 7+ months either out injured or second fiddle, mostly, to Colak.
It is a fortunate and rare position that we are strong in, but of course, Colak’s injury means we now have just one fit striker, and no bench options at all for the Buddies, which is hardly ideal tactically, or indeed in terms of pure depth and versatility.
Well, in fairness, the previous ‘tactic’ was take Colak off and put on Morelos, or very occasionally, bring Morelos on to pair with Colak. It wasn’t exactly highbrow stuff, so this doesn’t really make a huge amount of difference on that front.
Morelos should be enough to handle Paisley’s finest you would think but it is just predictable now that Rangers lose our best striker just as the injury crisis reaches almost farcical and unsustainable points.
Well. At least Ryan Jack is somewhat fit again, even if he’s significantly below match fitness and probably a distance off being a starter. The world feels normal once more…