Despite the return of Dr Mark Waller, Rangers have been plunged into an all-new injury crisis, following the loss of two more Rangers players off the back of Kieran Dowell, Nico Raskin and Todd Cantwell.
Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo are now massive injury problems for what is a hugely hectic autumn schedule upcoming, with a glut of matches over the month of late September and October, and manager Michael Beale can probably add Kemar Roofe and Ridvan Yilmaz given these two, despite being (mostly) fit again, are having to be ‘managed’.
Which means Rangers’ options are massively depleted and the squad, despite having fractionally too many players on its roster (there’s still four goalies), is now underpowered for the demanding phase upcoming, even taking the international break into consideration.
Tom Lawrence we’re writing off as a reliable Rangers player, sorry, he’s just permanently injured and while we admire his talent he’s another Kemar Roofe who has taken three years to gain fitness at Ibrox and still isn’t able to play every match.
Lawrence is on that path, unfortunately.
Matondo had only just regained fitness as well and he too is now back on the treatment table, while Cantwell, Raskin and Dowell are short to medium term, as far as best guesstimates can suggest.
It’s a long way from ideal.
It means for the next two matches we’re massively limited in the resources we have to choose from in both midfield and attack, and arguably most of Rangers’ best players are unavailable.
Why this has started happening again we’re not quite sure but it’s come at a very bad time when this team is desperately trying to build momentum.
Or is the second autumn injury curse in a row going to derail us yet again?
Answers on a postcard.