Rangers missing up to 16 players for Celtic final

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Rangers missing up to 16 players for Celtic final
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 15: Kemar Roofe of Rangers goes down with an injury during the Viaplay Cup Semi-final match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on January 15, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As we all know the big Old Firm Cup final is tomorrow, and Rangers do not have their injury disasters to seek.

Ibrox Noise takes you through every single player who is at best doubtful for this one

Mercifully, all our goalies are fit, no issues there.

Defence is where the disasters start:

John Souttar is out, he picked something up v Killie and is out for the season, well, Saturday. Leon Balogun is a massive doubt at best – he’s not been training and he’s touch and go. We don’t think he’ll make it. Goldson is of course out. Borna Barisic is another huge doubt, along with Ridvan Yilmaz. Sterling isn’t fit properly to start.

Midfield doesn’t get a LOT better.

Ryan Jack isn’t fit to start and John Lundstram technically is but he’s lost some match fitness so that’s a doubt.

Attacking midfield is a shambles.

Tom Lawrence is a heavy doubt and Alex Lowry isn’t fit, while Kieran Dowell is a long way from match fitness.

Wings are a mess.

Rabbi Matondo isn’t fit, Abdallah Sima isn’t fit to start, Oscar Cortes of course is well out.

Up front

Danilo is out, and Roofe isn’t match fit to start.

16 players either unfit to start, completely out, or ‘recovering’.

It’s very, very poor.

We’re better off telling you who is (for now) (probably) definitely available:

James Tavernier, Leon King, Ben Davies, Johnly Yfeko, Robbie Fraser, John Lundstram, Mohamed Diomande, Nicolas Raskin, Todd Cantwell, Ross McCausland, Fabio Silva, Scott Wright, Cyriel Dessers.

Unless we’re overlooking anyone, that is the current pool of fit (ish) players.

A team of Tav, King, Davies, Fraser, Lunny/Raskin, Dio, Cantwell, McCausland, Silva, Dessers couldn’t beat Hearts. What chance does it have against Celtic?

Fingers crossed there’s some timely returns tomorrow, but the reality is anyone who plays of the doubts is probably risking further injury as it is.

There’s no wonder Celtic are favourites by a mile.

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