Rangers dealt injury blow ahead of Livingston clash with international declared doubtful
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Rangers dealt injury blow ahead of Livingston clash with international declared doubtful

Rangers have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their trip to Livingston on Wednesday, with Leon Balogun declared doubtful for the fixture [Rangers FC Twitter].

The Gers travel to the Tony Macaroni Arena looking for a 27th win of the season which would restore their 18-point lead over second-placed Celtic and bring them closer to a 55th top-flight title.

Gerrard’s men are close to being crowned champions (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard won’t have a full squad to pick from, though, with key men Kemar Roofe, James Tavernier and Ryan Jack all injured.

Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, the manager also confirmed a blow regarding Balogun.

“Leon Balogun has a quad issue so will be a doubt for tomorrow,” he said [Rangers FC Twitter].

Balogun is a centre-back by trade and has made 24 appearances in all competitions since signing on a free transfer in July.

However, he has recently been deployed at right-back, as cover for the sidelined Tavernier.

Rangers have been dealt an injury blow with Leon Balogun doubtful ahead of a trip to Livingston.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 32-year-old Nigeria international came on as a substitute in the first half of the Europa League Round of 32 first-leg clash against Royal Antwerp last month before starting home fixtures against Dundee United and the Belgian outfit.

He was replaced by Nathan Patterson at the interval on Thursday night, though, and the doubts surrounding Balogun’s fitness mean it’s highly likely that Patterson will make his first-ever Premiership start on Wednesday evening.

A crocked Rangers star posted an encouraging clip on social media on Monday as he eyes a comeback ahead of high-profile fixtures.

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