11-man Rangers injury doubts as crisis mounts up again at Ibrox

11-man Rangers injury doubts as crisis mounts up again at Ibrox
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 28: Connor Goldson of Rangers celebrates after he scores his team's second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Motherwell FC at on December 28, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers fans are today a little concerned with Michael Beale’s injury update where he casts doubt on a number of key players’ fitness for tomorrow’s trip to Almondvale.

Ibrox Noise takes you through all the news and where we’re at with the stricken chaps:

Connor Goldson:

A big doubt. He missed Partick due to a calf injury and there’s no guarantee he’s fit enough for Livi either. Beale played it down and suggested it was a mutual decision to rest him (he was on the bench) but we have no idea if he’s ready and able to travel to a plastic pitch with a vulnerable calf. It’s a dilemma.

Filip Helander:

Still out. Probably missing the whole season and to be free in May. Was projected for this month but clearly is nowhere near it. That projection was then changed to next month. Hasn’t been talked about for quite a while but was in the Edmiston House Q&A.

John Souttar:

After the slightly more optimistic tones a few weeks ago, Beale admitted Souttar’s situation is ‘dragging on’ and there’s no real ETA here. Has been doing some individual training but is miles away from opposed stuff. We couldn’t tell you if he’ll play for Rangers this season.

Ryan Jack:

He felt something after Partick and could now be a big miss yet again, with a further period of ‘rest’. Jack is a solid utility player, but isn’t in any way the indispensable force he once was, and yet an injury for him comes at the worst time. Beale describes this as not ideal.

Nicolas Raskin:

Just an issue with pure fitness, Raskin is not yet at full speed and maybe did more than he could for his first couple of outings. He needs to slow down to be match ready and he’s not quite there yet. May well miss Livi entirely.

John Lundstram:

Well he’s been injured a couple of weeks now, Beale promising 100% he’d be ready for the final, but was hopeful for Livi too. That one is now, to quote the manager, ‘touch and go’. So he’s closing in on being ready but there’s no certainty.

Steven Davis:

We know he’s out for the season, but he’s still an injury, and a loss of an option. We’re down to barebones in the middle of the park.

Ianis Hagi:

His presence or otherwise in the matchday squad will tell us a lot about where he is. He was benched for County, albeit wasn’t brought on, but did get a brief cameo v St Johnstone at Ibrox. Then started v Thistle but could only last 45 minutes and frankly didn’t have a very good performance while he was at it. He’s still not quite there we don’t think, and we’ll see if he plays a role tomorrow.

Rabbi Matondo:

Stricken by some mysterious injury, he’s just been out for ages now, not that his being fit was any use to the club frankly. A truly painfully poor signing and unlikely to be around for a while.

Kemar Roofe:

Another one whose status isn’t clear – he got an outing as a sub v Partick and it did help a bit, but he’s been so in and out – we’ll find out when the team is announced tomorrow if he’s close to full match fitness or not.

Tom Lawrence:

Timeline here remains unclear – Beale trying to lift any expectations here and keeps explaining there’s simply no ETA on Lawrence. There’s nothing clearer than that.

10 men are potentially unavailable going by this. We hope a few of these make tomorrow to say the least.

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