Rangers’ injury crisis over? Just THREE players unavailable

Rangers’ injury crisis over? Just THREE players unavailable
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 14: Philippe Clement, Manager of Rangers, looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between Rangers FC and SL Benfica at Ibrox Stadium on March 14, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Philippe Clement has confirmed some outstanding news, which is that only THREE Rangers players are now actually injured and unavailable.

Ryan Jack, Danilo, and Oscar Cortes are now the only players at Ibrox completely injured and not available for the Celtic match, and while there are doubts about the extent of the fitness of the likes of Ridvan Yilmaz, Abdallah Sima, Dujon Sterling and Kemar Roofe, the fact is all of the above are in training and available to play a role tomorrow.

Which ultimately means of a circa 34-player squad, Clement finally has 31 players more or less completely available.

After the injury nightmare of the past 6+ months, arguably even longer, this is an utterly welcome change and means the manager has a deep pool of players to choose from and can more or less consider himself borderline spoiled for choice.

The one catch, the one drawback, is that a high number of these available players are low on match fitness.

Roofe, Sima, Sterling, McCausland, Yilmaz, Dowell, and Matondo are all either coming back from that injury and building the minutes up, or are long-recovered but didn’t get a lot of chances to play lately.

The same issue has been a problem for Leon Balogun.

But that all these players are now available in varying amounts for tomorrow’s visit of Celtic is outstanding news, and the best Rangers’ injury crisis has been for a very, very long time.

The Holy Grail of course is all players fit, but we can’t see too many clubs managing that in top flight football – having just three out is pretty impressive to say the least and it’s a testament to the changes Clement has made that, while not an overnight impact, 5 months after he came in and Rangers now have close to no injuries.

That’s a massive change, and one we’re all grateful for.

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