Steven Gerrard says multiple players, including goalkeeper Allan McGregor, are doubtful for Rangers’ clash with St Mirren on Sunday afternoon, as quoted by the Evening Express.
The Gers face a tight turnaround following their Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday evening and it appears that several players are struggling ahead of the club’s second Scottish Premiership fixture of the season.
St Mirren will travel to Ibrox full of confidence after their opening weekend win over Livingston, but it’s imperative that Rangers secure a positive result in their first competitive home game for almost five months.
The manager will pick his strongest possible side for the game but he has concerns about the fitness levels of several first-team players.
“Allan McGregor is a doubt for the weekend,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Evening Express. “He’s going to be looked at by the medical team and we will make a decision in the next 24 hours.”
“Filip Helander has played his first game for a long time so we’ll have to see how he recovers. The same goes for Steven Davis coming back from his Achilles injury, so we’ll monitor those two over the next 24 to 48 hours, but I predict they will be OK for Sunday.
“Jermain Defoe still isn’t ready, while Ross McCrorie has had a wee bit of a knock in training that we will assess.”
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The highest-profile player who may miss out on Sunday is Allan McGregor, who appears to have picked up a niggle during the midweek defeat to Leverkusen.
Ideally, the 38-year-old will be able to pull through and play but it’s not a disaster if he misses this game. The Gers signed Jon McLaughlin earlier this summer for exactly this sort of situation and after a number of pre-season outings, the Scotland international should be ready to step in if required.
Jermain Defoe’s continued absence is no great surprise and there were always going to be concerns around Helander and Davis considering the Leverkusen game was their first of the campaign following disrupted pre-seasons.
It’s disappointing to hear that Ross McCrorie – who is currently grafting away on the fringes of the first team – has picked up an injury, but it doesn’t sound serious and there’s no need to take any risks by including him on the bench for this one.