Rangers defensive midfielder James Sands becomes the 10th Ibrox first-teamer to pick up a knock as Giovanni van Bronckhorst hooks him at half-time v Hearts.

The Ibrox side eked out a 1-0 victory over the Jambos at Ibrox but the victory comes at a cost with USA loanee Sands joining an extensive list of first-team absentees at Rangers.

The Gers had to win the clash against Robbie Neilson’s side and the relief was palpable at full-time as the Ibrox side and Giovanni van Bronckhorst secured a vital three points.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst: James Sands latest Rangers doubt

With one more game to go before the World Cup break, Rangers boss Gio confirmed – via Heart & Hand – that James Sands could be a doubt for the trip to St Mirren after coming off for Scott Arfield at halftime.

The midfielder had gone down in the first half and could join the likes of Connor Goldson, John Souttar, Filip Helander, Ridvan Yilmaz, Ryan Jack, Ianis Hagi, Tom Lawrence, Kemar Roofe and Fashion Sakala on the Ibrox injury list.

It’s a quite remarkable situation at Rangers this season and let’s hope that even with James Sands potentially out against St Mirren, the Ibrox side can secure all three points and keep within touching distance in the Premiership.

If Rangers fans are holding out for something on the injury front, manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst did confirm that Ryan Jack is back in full training as the World Cup break nears.

It is quite clear that Rangers’ season has been drastically impacted by a series of woeful injuries with some of the club’s highest earners and most senior players spending the majority of the season on the sidelines.

Rangers are hanging by a thread at present and whether the fault lies in pre-season training, in the hectic pre-World Cup schedule, or in the club’s recruitment strategy, the impact of this horrible run of injuries cannot be understated.

Meanwhile, James Sands has suffered World Cup heartbreak alongside another important Rangers first-teamer.

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