Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis will miss Rangers’ opening Premiership fixture against Aberdeen due to injury [Rangers FC Twitter].
The Gers begin their league campaign in the early kick-off at Pittodrie but won’t quite be at full strength.
Defoe was unlikely to feature given that he limped out of a pre-season fixture against Motherwell just over a week ago, but it sounds as though his injury may not be as bad as first feared.
Silky midfielder Davis has had something of a stop-start pre-season and misses out with a knock but it’s suggested that he’s only a matter of days away from full fitness.
“Defoe won’t make the match with his hamstring, the weekend is too soon,” said Gerrard [Rangers FC Twitter].
“Davis has a small issue and will miss this game but should be available for Thursday night. Otherwise, fit and well.”
🎙️ SG: Defoe won't make the match with his hamstring, the weekend is too soon. Davis has a small issue and will miss this game but should be available for Thursday night.
Otherwise, fit and well.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 31, 2020
Rangers missing two for Aberdeen trip – Verdict
It’s not ideal for Rangers to be heading to Pittodrie without two of their most experienced operators.
Defoe has scored at Aberdeen in the past and when firing on all cylinders, Davis is capable of controlling the tempo of tricky away games.
However, the Gers should be more than capable of winning in their absence, especially given Aberdeen have injury problems of their own.
Defoe’s absence means Alfredo Morelos will be under pressure to produce the goods in the final third, but Gerrard has a raft of central midfielders to call upon, meaning that even if Davis had been fit, he may not have found a place in the XI.