Rangers have two new injury cases to add to the ever-growing treatment table debacle threatening to derail this season as it did last.
On top of Todd Cantwell, Nico Raskin, Kieran Dowell, Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo are the confirmed additions of both Kemar Roofe and Ridvan Yilmaz, both of whom Ibrox Noise cautiously added to the list before yesterday’s Livi cup clash, on the basis neither was particularly match fit and extremely vulnerable to a knock.
Well that is exactly what happened – Roofe was forced off at half time with a groin injury, and Ridvan was replaced late on by Barisic with Michael Beale ‘hoping’ it’s just cramp.
It means Rangers’ diabolical injury crisis of last season which saw up to 15 players out around the autumn during Rangers’ Champions League campaign is well and truly back at the same time of year, and the side loses around 7 players for now, with the likelihood of more to follow.
Unfortunately, the international break comes too late to make a major difference here, with the two -week hiatus not underway for another 10 days, and Rangers will have to cope with the next three fixtures being down a tonne of players.
We spoke about last season’s injury crisis threatening to return, well, it most certainly has. And Dowell aside, not a single player currently injured isn’t an integral part of the team or a valuable asset.
What exactly is causing another injury crisis to envelope Rangers?
We couldn’t possibly tell you, but history is repeating itself and Rangers are down at least 6 players, 7 if Ridvan is more than cramp.
It is absolutely ridiculous that last season’s GVB-ending injury debacle is repeating itself at the same time of year…
But them’s the way this cookie is crumbling.