Gary McAllister has provided an injury update on two key Rangers players who missed their team’s impressive 2-0 pre-season victory over Lyon on Thursday night, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
The Gers fielded a strong side for their opening Trophee Veolia fixture but Allan McGregor and Filip Helander were noticeable absentees.
McGregor is the first-choice goalkeeper at Ibrox and Helander is likely to be Connor Goldson’s regular partner at the heart of defence, especially as Nikola Katic is out for an extended period with a knee injury.
Both players missed a recent bounce game against Hamilton Academical with niggles, though, and were absent from the matchday squad in Lyon.
“Greegs is fit but he’s had a couple of pre-season niggles and Helander is the same,” said McAllister, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
“Filip has a little problem and wasn’t ready to play. But he should be fine for the start of the season.”
Jon McLaughlin impressed between the sticks in his first televised outing as a Rangers player, but supporters will be pleased to hear that McGregor’s absence was precautionary rather than enforced.
The 38-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers in the Gers side since Steven Gerrard’s arrival at the club and his presence has a calming influence on the back four.
It’s a little more concerning that Helander hasn’t yet got game time under his belt.
The Sweden international spent months on the sidelines last season after sustaining a serious foot injury in the League Cup final defeat to Celtic in December and although there’s no suggestion his current problem is linked, it’s clearly been a struggle for him to get back out on the park.
If Helander is unable to take part in any pre-season fixtures, the Gers may look a little light at the back going into the opening day trip to Aberdeen.