Rangers dealt big injury blow ahead of Livingston clash, two others to also miss Aberdeen game
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Rangers dealt big injury blow ahead of Livingston clash, two others to also miss Aberdeen game

Rangers have been dealt a number of injury blows ahead of their final two Premiership fixtures of the season against Livingston and Aberdeen [Rangers FC Twitter].

Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday morning, Steven Gerrard ruled Borna Barisic out of Wednesday evening’s trip to West Lothian – which is a particularly big blow given that backup option Calvin Bassey is ineligible due to suspension.

Rangers left-back Barisic will miss the trip to Livingston while two other defenders have been ruled out of Saturday’s clash with Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In addition, centre-backs Leon Balogun and Filip Helander will miss both the Livingston fixture and the trophy day game against Aberdeen.

Helander was forced off during the extra time period of the Gers’ Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat to St Johnstone last month, while Balogun hasn’t featured since March.

The manager was able to provide some positive news, though, with midfielder Scott Arfield back on grass and on course to make the squad at the weekend.

Meanwhile, long-term absentee Nikola Katic is closing in on a return from a serious knee injury while Ryan Jack has successfully undergone an operation on a recurring issue, although Gerrard wasn’t in a position to estimate when he may return.

Rangers are two games away from going the entire Premiership campaign unbeaten.

That would be a remarkable achievement in any season, but in one as bizarre as this and with injury problems as significant as these, it would be truly phenomenal.

In other news, an Ibrox hero has reportedly turned down an approach from an SPFL club regarding their managerial vacancy.