In a big boost for Rangers, multiple Hibernian players are set to miss Sunday’s Premiership meeting between the two clubs at Ibrox.
Hibs have been in excellent form so far this season. The Edinburgh club have progressed to the semi-finals of the Premier Sports Cup, where they will face Rangers, while they are still unbeaten in the league and sit just a point behind Steven Gerrard’s side in second.
Meanwhile, although the Gers are leading the way domestically, they’ve already slipped up twice in the league and their European form has been extremely disappointing.
Gerrard’s job hasn’t been made any easier by a large number suspensions, injuries and Covid-related absences, and several key men will miss the Hibs clash.
However, in a boost for Rangers, the visitors will be without some senior players of their own.
Christian Doidge and Melker Hallberg are definitely unavailable, while Josh Doig and Kyle Magennis may both also miss out.
“Josh Doig and Kyle Magennis came off last weekend and they are doubtful at the moment, they haven’t trained at all this week as of yet,” said manager Jack Ross on Thursday [Daily Record].
“Losing Josh and Kyle would potentially be a blow but having Martin [Boyle] and Kevin [Nisbet] back in training and Jake Doyle-Hayes training properly as well means we have some players who’ll be fitter and in a better place than they were for the fixtures last week.”
“We are hopeful they [Hallberg and Doidge] will be back in full training by the beginning of November, which is way in advance of what we anticipated.”
Hibernian injury woes a boost for Rangers ahead of Ibrox clash
Magennis has started every one of Hibs’ seven Premiership matches so far this season while highly-rated left-back Doig has started six in a row since missing their opening day win at Motherwell.
Therefore, it’d be a big blow for Ross to lose both for their biggest test of the season so far.
The continued absence of Doidge and Hallberg also ensures the 45-year-old is short of options to change things if his initial game plan isn’t working.
However, the rest of the squad should be fresh given that their last fixture was on Sunday and with the likes of Nisbet and Boyle available, they are still capable of hurting the Gers.
It’s important that the hosts don’t go into the game feeling sorry for themselves after their latest Europa League defeat and that they look to impose themselves early on.
Gerrard is hopeful of a double injury boost ahead of the match.