Rangers breathing sigh of relief after latest update on key player


Rangers breathing sigh of relief after latest update on key player

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst prepares to breath a sigh of World Cup relief as Antonio Colak becomes the latest Ibrox star to pick up an injury.

The Ibrox side have struggled with injury throughout the course of this campaign with several key first team players and high earners ruled out for the bulk of the season.

Antonio Colak becomes the latest player to join an inflated injury list at Ibrox with the match against St Mirren to come with several key players out.

“Antonio has a minor injury and tomorrow comes too early,” said Van Bronckhorst [Rangers].

“We had to take him off on Wednesday and it is an injury, if you played in midweek again, he would probably make the squad.

“But, with so many games, it is impossible to get him ready for the game. So, he is out, he will be fine when we come back.”

Antonio Colak Rangers injury latest as World Cup beckons

Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson, Swedish international defender Filip Helander and summer signing from Hearts John Souttar lead the list of absentees as the Ibrox defence is hit hard.

Summer signing Ridvan Yilmaz is also sidelined, whilst Tom Lawrence and Ianis Hagi – two of the club’s most talented creators – are both out of action for an as of yet indeterminable length of time.

Hagi hasn’t played all year due to a cruciate ligament injury sustained last season.

Kemar Roofe – who didn’t kick a ball until the 1-0 League Cup win over Dundee – is back on the treatment table whilst Fashion Sakala was ruled out ahead of the clash with Hearts.

Speaking to the press before the final game before the World Cup break, the club’s 27th match of the season against St Mirren, Giovanni van Bronckhorst lamented the hectic schedule ahead of the tournament and insists his side need a break

“I don’t think it’s ideal how many games we play, and also in a really short period,” said Van Bronckhorst.

“I think you see teams who are used to playing at a high level also struggling with injuries, and those are players who are used to playing a whole lot of high level games.

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“For us, we’re to play above our level in the Champions League so it was already tough mentally and physically, and we have to do it in a shorter term. It makes it harder.

“It’s FIFA’s decision to organise a World Cup in November so it was always going to affect someone, and that’s the players and managers.

“You have it after the season before so you can’t give an extra time off. We had to start the season with European qualifying. So I think the lesson for me would be not to organise another [winter] tournament again. For me, that’s the smartest thing to do.”

Meanwhile, Rangers have been linked with a £5m move for an English Championship striker.