Rangers injury boost as Achilles fears over Ibrox-bound star dismissed
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Rangers injury boost as manager gives update on defender's fitness

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has calmed fears Rangers-bound defender John Souttar has suffered another Achilles injury, confirming the centre-back has an ankle issue after last weekend’s bruising clash with Dundee United.

Souttar was one of six Hearts players injured over the course of 90 minutes before ex-Rangers star Andy Halliday claimed that he’s suffered a recurrence of the Achilles problems that have plagued Souttar’s career so far.

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However, Neilson confirmed that wasn’t the case as he discussed his lengthy injury list ahead of facing St Mirren this weekend.

“It’s an ankle problem,” Neilson said. “I’m not going to go through them all individually because I could be here for the next hour.

“At this moment in time we have 11 players carrying knocks. It won’t be 11 that will be out on Saturday. I would expect to probably have six of them back.

“I know about 90 per cent of who will start the game, there are one or two who are a bit borderline. “There will be ones that will be a day, there will be some that are two days, there will be some that are two weeks, there are some that will be three to four weeks, but we have a squad that can handle it.”

While it seems likely Souttar won’t feature at the weekend, the news he hasn’t suffered another Achilles injury is good news for Rangers.

The defender is certain to have a big role at Ibrox once he moves to the club in the summer and heading across the M8 fully fit will help him hit the ground running.

In other news, Rangers have rubbished claims that Celtic will earn more than the Ibrox side for the controversial friendly in Australia.

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