Rangers lose most important player 11 days before cup final

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Rangers lose most important player 11 days before cup final
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Alistair Johnston of Celtic battles for possession with Dujon Sterling of Rangers during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on April 07, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Dujon Sterling’s injury basically couldn’t have come at a worse time for Rangers, with the cup final, the one last bastion of potential pride from this wrecked season, coming thick and fast with just 11 days to go.

The utility man, widely-regarded by most Rangers fans as woefully-mismanaged by this boss, sustained some kind of issue against Celtic and is now unavailable for Dundee, with Celtic coming up at Hampden very quickly.

Of course, there’s the ‘he’d never play him in midfield anyway’ argument, and indeed the boss has absolutely wasted his talents either out wide or at full back, or recently, in central defence.

He can do OKAY in these positions but to thrive it’s midfield, and that’s where the lad admitted earlier this year was his favourite position now. It’s also his natural slot, being reared there as Chelsea youth some years ago.

But regardless, his potential absence against Celtic in the final is colossal, and we’d imagine the manager may have finally relented from his stubbornness and put him in the middle at long last, but that’s just speculation on our part.

No matter where he plays, Sterling is one of the few players who can hold his head high this season – he’s left it all out on the pitch, given everything he has, and honoured the shirt.

That kind of hunger is what’s needed, even when in the wrong position.

And lacking his presence v Dundee is already a massive killer, lacking it v Celtic in 11 days’ time is practically a man down whoever takes his slot.

He is the kind of player we must build around next season – we’re willing to let Mohamed Diomande’s underwhelming start at Rangers slide, and give him the midfield next to Sterling, but the ex-Chelsea lad deserves a lot more than the rubbish he’s been given by the manager and by his team mates.

In the here and now, he won’t be available for Dundee and we wouldn’t be shocked if he’s done for the season.

Typical for our campaign this season isn’t it?

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