The press has sought to scare Rangers fans with fake news over new signing Nicolas Raskin, by reporting him as an injury doubt, but it’s absolute hogwash.
Raskin of course is a brand new addition to Rangers’ roster, but hasn’t played much first-team football since ex-‘manager’ Ronny Deila cast him to the reserves. This meant he lost out on a bunch of first-team minutes, and as such, is a little behind other players for fitness.
That’s it. After the match v Partick he felt more fatigued than the rest of the players, so is likely to sit out Livingston for full recuperation – he might be on the bench but did sit out training yesterday.
It was the same with Todd Cantwell. Debuted a full start v St Johnstone, but was only on the bench v Hearts before coming on again. Different players have different fitness levels and managers have to gauge which ones can take more and which ones have to rest.
Raskin is clearly the latter, Cantwell the former, at least, that’s how Michael Beale’s management of both of these players would suggest they fit into.
But we’ll see if Nico can make the bench or even more come tomorrow, and in fairness, it would be fantastic if Beale believes he can feature in the matchday squad for the Ibrox men, but the chances are slim.
As for those reports, pure clickbait as usual – he’s not an injury scare, he has just bombastically gone in full-pelt for his first couple of matches and is now feeling the effects of that, of full-speed first-team football when he wasn’t completely fit and ready for it.
Of course, the player himself did claim in interviews that he was ready to go, but he would say that, and the reality is a new country, a young lad, and the speed of Scottish football would definitely get the better of many players, especially one outside his own nation for the first time.
So he may or may not feature tomorrow at the Tony Macaroni, but we’ll see.
But as far as we know, he’s not injured. Nothing quite like a story though eh?