Rangers defender Leon King should be fit enough to face Aberdeen after the centre-back went off injured in the Champions League defeat Napoli.
This was the second time the teenage centre-back had to be subbed off for Rangers in a matter of days after a bout of nausea seen Leon hooked at half-time in the disappointing 1-1 draw with Livingston.
But amid fears that the Ibrox side’s defensive injury crisis was set to deepen Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst allayed fears by confirming Leon King should be fit to play Aberdeen.
This comes with Rangers already without first-team defensive trio Connor Goldson, John Souttar and Filip Helander until after the World Cup in Qatar.
Rangers boss pays tribute Leon King as injury fears allayed
Van Bronckhorst also paid tribute to 18-year-old defender Leon King as he provided the update, the Rangers youngster being forced to step in amid a series of injury problems at Ibrox.
The defender was subbed off in the 3-0 defeat to the form Italian juggernaut due to a bout of cramp with Giovanni van Bronckhorst putting this down to the amount of games he’s playing.
“Leon, before he was tackled, he got cramp,” said Van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“He’s 18-years-old and he’s playing almost every game at the highest level.
“I’m really proud of the way he’s performing at that age.
“It’s only cramp so he will be (fit) after a good rest between now and Saturday – I think he will be available.”
Rangers have now lost five Champion League games on the bounce and are in the running to be the worst-ever team in the competition’s history as things stand.
The Gers have one more group stage game to come against Ajax at Ibrox and the Ibrox side will be hoping to reclaim some pride after yet another poor if not unexpected result in Italy.
Meanwhile, a £9m+ transfer report may give an inclination into why one player heavily linked to Rangers this summer never joined the club.