Steven Gerrard has provided an injury update ahead of Rangers’ trip to Livingston on Sunday, as quoted by Rangers FC Twitter.
The Gers have made a perfect start to the season with three consecutive victories while Livi have struggled, collecting just one point so far.
The Tony Macaroni Arena can prove to be a tough away venue, though, and the Gers will need to be on form in West Lothian.
Gerrard confirmed that Leon Balogun will miss the fixture after picking up a knock against St Johnstone in midweek and has suggested that George Edmundson – who has not yet featured in the league this season – is fighting it out with Filip Helander to replace the summer signing.
Meanwhile, Kemar Roofe is likely to be involved, despite not being 100% match fit.
At this stage, there has been no update on whether or not Allan McGregor or Jermain Defoe will travel.
“Leon Balogun won’t be available for the weekend, he has a small quad problem and we are waiting on results from a scan,” said Gerrard, as quoted by Rangers FC Twitter.
“Helander played great at the weekend and Edmundson had a great pre-season so I will make a decision at the weekend.
“Roofe is okay after that severe challenge. It is important to understand he is in a pre-season schedule with us at the moment, for example, he had a double session yesterday but he will still be available for selection on the weekend although most likely from the bench.”
🎙️ SG: Roofe is okay after that severe challenge. It is important to understand he is in a pre-season schedule with us at the moment, for example, he had a double session yesterday but he will still be available for selection on the weekend although most likely from the bench.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 14, 2020
Rangers without Balogun for Livingston test – Verdict
It’s undoubtedly a blow to lose Leon Balogun for the weekend, given how impressive the Nigeria international has been since joining the club.
Rangers are yet to concede a goal while the 32-year-old has been on the pitch, with his pace and composure on the ball impressing supporters.
Gerrard talked up Edmundson during the presser but Helander is favourite to come into the side given that he did well against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League and was used off the bench against the Saints in midweek.
As for Roofe, the ex-Anderlecht attacker looked rusty during his cameo on Wednesday night but he will be better for those 30 minutes and his extra training sessions.
Therefore, he could be called upon to make an impact against Livi.