Rangers captain James Tavernier has reportedly been ruled out of the club’s Scottish Premiership clash with Celtic after testing positive for Covid-19.
Tav, 29, is among a party of six first-teamers and Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard who’re currently self-isolating due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club.
The skipper joins Calvin Bassey, Ryan Kent, Scott Wright, Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin in missing out on the trip to Armenia to face Alashkert.
Given new SFA rules relating to double vaccination and Covid-19 self-isolation there is hope some of these names can return in the coming days via a negative PCR test.
Whilst they all miss the Europa League clash with Alashkert, this means some could return for the game with Celtic this weekend.
However, Rangers remain decidedly tight-lipped regarding who has tested positive within the Ibrox camp.
But according to Vital Rangers, influential captain Tavernier won’t be amongst the names involved against Celtic as a source has confirmed to them that Tav has tested positive.
If this information is correct then we wish the Ibrox skipper all the best in his recovery from the illness and hope to see him back on the pitch before long.
Rangers do have strong backup in this position however with Nathan Patterson set to come in and deputise for the influential Gers skipper.
But there’s little doubt that not having Tavernier in the side is a major blow to the Ibrox club’s chances given his prowess in creating and scoring goals.
It’s over to the rest of them now as Rangers look to get to the international break in the best possible place.
Read more about how Rangers are hoping to use new rules relating to double vaccination to have some of their top stars back in time for Sunday.