9-man Ibrox injury crisis doesn’t help Steven Davis at all

9-man Ibrox injury crisis doesn’t help Steven Davis at all
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Danilo of Rangers is seen at full time during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 03, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If there’s one thing Steven Davis nor the next manager is likely to have much control over, it’s Rangers’ absolutely horrific injury state.

Ibrox Noise compiled a ‘bonkers’ XI for Aris, and we completely overlooked that Rabbi Matondo is out injured as well.

The injury list is absurd:

Ridvan, Raskin, Jack, Cantwell, Lawrence, Dowell, Roofe, Matondo, Danilo are, give or take, not exactly available at the moment.

That’s 9 players at present, but it’s so hard to keep track of that it could well be more.

Raskin is on the trip to Aris but we don’t understand him to be fit.

Or… will these injuries magically ‘heal’ in the event of a new manager?

The threadbare squad as things stand is pretty dire, and once again, just like last season, Rangers are lacking a vast swathe of the playing personnel that would normally be there – only a month ago it felt like barely a player or two wasn’t fit, now it’s around a third of the whole squad.

Is this attitude? Is this genuinely bad player maintenance? Two seasons in a row now means the first time can’t be a fluke, and it means either something is badly wrong with diet, with fitness, or with attitude. But there’s a catch.

It’s not happening over the city as far as we know, but it IS happening at English Premier League clubs as well, with Chelsea, Utd, Newcastle, Arsenal and Palace all having about 8 or 9 out.

So Rangers aren’t alone – and Arsenal are high-flying so it’s not an attitude issue there.

So what is going on here?

Are the demands of modern two-match a week football killing these clubs? Well, Palace aren’t playing twice a week, and neither are Chelsea, so that’s not it.

The pressures of modern football perhaps? Well, Man City have just 3 out and they’re the pace-setters but they’re playing at least twice a week and hunting for four trophies.

So it’s hard to know.

But Rangers are in high company with the injury debacle.

We’re not the only club down almost 10 players right now but we may be one of the few with it happening twice in two seasons to.

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