Rangers plunged into winger crisis as Clement loses yet another one

Rangers plunged into winger crisis as Clement loses yet another one
SEVILLE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 14: Ross McCausland of Rangers reacts during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 match between Real Betis and Rangers FC at Estadio Benito Villamarin on December 14, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Rangers may have lost the second winger in a manner of an hour of the news of Oscar Cortes (more on that one later) after Ross McCausland was heftily ‘challenged’ and came off a cropper before making his way off the pitch.

Curiously, Philippe Clement chose to replace him with Fabio Silva, which further imbalanced an already imbalanced XI with Sterling on the other side.

But the upshot?

Rangers have no wingers at all now.

After Clement’s bad call to select Cortes on Killie’s dire pitch, he was robbed of another winger with McCausland’s earlier exit and now Rangers have just Scott Wright fit.

The fact the manager didn’t pick him to come on with the NI international’s injury says a lot about the esteem he really holds the ex-Dons man in, and in fairness we agree.

But it doesn’t change the fact that Rangers have no wingers fit now, unless you count aforementioned Wright and utility man Dujon Sterling. And honestly, we don’t. We love Sterling, a brilliant central midfielder, but a right winger he absolutely isn’t and his performance at Ibrox was of someone doing their best but being a fish out of water there.

He is ok as a cameo there, to add something different in a short burst, but as a starter he just can’t do it.

And Scott Wright might have all the legs in the world, but like Sterling, he’s a cameo, he’s someone who can add something different later on.

Neither of them are starters, and Clement picked Sterling opposite McCausland.

And now McCausland is gone for who knows how long, meaning we’re in a mini-crisis of zero worthy wingers.

We don’t know how long Rabbi Matondo is out, we’ll cover the Oscar Cortes debacle later, and that aside Wright and McCausland is all we actually had.

So now Clement has to rethink his system.

If he’s going to keep on playing Sterling there, it just isn’t going to work. Simple as. He’s versatile, but he isn’t a regular starting winger.

Which means having two wingers is a non-thing until we actually have two quality wingers again. And given Cortes’ prognosis, hopes are low on that one.

It’s not good. Clement’s error at Rugby Park with Cortes didn’t help, and now McCausland joins him.

How Clement is going to find his way around this we do not know, because you can’t turn water into wine.

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