Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has confirmed a double injury blow for the Gers ahead of their trip to Livingston on Sunday [RangersTV].
Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun have both been ruled out of the Premiership fixture in West Lothian.
Roofe picked up his injury earlier this month on international duty with Jamaica, coming off in the 74th minute of a World Cup Qualifier against El Salvador and then being sent home before the Reggae Boyz’ next fixture against the USA.
Meanwhile, Balogun came off with ten minutes remaining in Sunday’s League Cup semi-final against Hibernian.
Both players missed the 2-0 Europa League win over Sparta Prague on Thursday night and on Friday afternoon, GvB confirmed that they wouldn’t make the Livi clash either.
“We had no injuries yesterday and the players had their normal recovery today,” said the manager [RangersTV].
“I think we will have the same players we had yesterday for Sunday. Roofe and Balogun will not be ready to play.
“Hopefully, I think, Roofe sooner than Balogun.”
Given that Roofe is Rangers’ joint-top goalscorer so far this season with nine goals across all competitions and Balogun is Connor Goldson’s best centre-back partner in the absence of the also injured Filip Helander, this is a major blow for the Gers ahead of a trip to face a tricky opponent.
Livi can be a tough nut to crack on their own patch as Steven Gerrard found out on a number of occasions during his time in charge, but GvB will be confident that his 4-2-3-1 shape will give the Gers the best chance of breaking them down.