Rangers look to have been dealt a major blow ahead of next weekend’s clash against Celtic after Scott Arfield picked up an injury in the 1-0 Boxing Day win over Hibernian.
Arfield replaced Ianis Hagi in the 76th minute of the contest but had to be helped from the field just six minutes later.
The 32-year-old injured his ankle shortly after entering the fray and Steven Gerrard admitted after the game that he’s concerned about his player.
“I’m worried about it because Scott doesn’t come off the pitch in normal circumstances,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “He doesn’t normally ask for a physio to come on, he’s one who will just normally get up and go.”
“He’s a brave kid so I’m concerned about it. We’ll assess it.
“He’s got ice on the ankle area but until it actually gets scanned and assessed properly I’ve got nothing for you, unfortunately.”
Arfield hasn’t started either of Rangers’ last two fixtures, but he’s been a key player across the first half of the season, making 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven times and registering five assists.
He missed out on the XI at Ibrox on Boxing Day as Gerrard went for the even more attack-minded Joe Aribo, but the Canada international would be an almost certain starter against Celtic if fit and available.
It now looks highly unlikely that he’ll be involved, though.
Even a sprain of the ankle would almost certainly rule him out of the Old Firm on top of the midweek trip to St Mirren and given the pain Arfield looked to be in as he was helped from the field, there’s no guarantee the problem will be that minor.
With Ryan Jack also doubtful for the derby, Gerrard may only be able to call upon Aribo, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Bongani Zungu in the middle of the park.
All four of those midfielders featured against Hibs, with two scoring well in our Player Ratings.