Rangers could be without up to twelve first team stars for the League Cup Final with Celtic as injuries continue to ravage the Ibrox squad this season.
The Gers’ campaign to date has been interrupted by a series of injury problems which have seen several key players missing for key parts of the season, or others miss out completely.
The club has been tight-lipped on the current state of play heading into the League Cup Final with Celtic, as Rangers fans nervously await an update on four key players in particular.
Malik Tillman, the form Bayern loanee who is capable of the sublime, is a doubt with a hamstring issue whilst the perennially injured Kemar Roofe is once again dealing with a knock.
They are joined by influential midfielders John Lundstram and Ryan Jack – both part of the leadership group and both men you’d want in the trenches against Celtic – in being doubts for the game.
The Daily Record are claiming that Malik Tillman, Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram will make the showpiece League Cup Final with Celtic, which means it’s bad news for Ryan Jack.
There’s also doubts over Scott Arfield, always a big player on Old Firm day, who hasn’t been seen since the end of January.
Rangers injuries compounded ahead of Celtic clash
Those guys are just the doubts too; Rangers have several first-team players who will not be making the match with Robby McCrorie, Filip Helander, John Souttar, Ridvan Yilmaz, Steven Davis and Tom Lawrence officially ruled out.
There’s no timescale on these guys returning and sadly their current injury predicament is symbolic of a season, and several transfer windows, gone wrong in this regard.
We’re also not sure what’s going on with Rabbi Matondo, and whether he’ll be available, with the struggling Welsh winger not seen at Rangers since the 3-0 win over Motherwell at the end of December.
Add all these names up and that is a, rather astonishing, twelve players who could potentially miss the clash with Celtic due to injuries at Rangers.
And we’ve even opted not to include Nmandi Ofoborh, who hasn’t played since joining from Bournemouth in the summer of 2021 due to a heart defect.
It proves that even as the Rangers form begins to turn that injuries continue to be a chain weighted around the ankle of the team and let’s hope that some, if not all, of the doubts to play Celtic can return to the squad.
Here’s our Rangers predicted XI for the League Cup Final v Celtic.