Steven Gerrard has confirmed that two senior players will miss Rangers’ Scottish Premiership fixture against St Johnstone on Wednesday night due to injury, as quoted by the Scottish Herald.
The Gers take on the Saints at Ibrox hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season, which would take them level on points with Hibernian at the top and stretch their early advantage over Celtic.
It’s an important game, but one that Allan McGregor and Jermain Defoe will play no part in.
Meanwhile, the manager is also yet to make up his mind on whether or not to use new signing Kemar Roofe, who hasn’t played a competitive fixture since December.
“Jermain did a light session yesterday, but there was a small setback in that session so he will struggle for tomorrow and maybe for the weekend,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Scottish Herald.
“Roofe trained yesterday fully for the first time so I need to make a decision about whether he is ready for the squad or not.
“Allan McGregor won’t make it. He’ll need a couple more days. He should be fine for the weekend.”
Two Rangers stars to miss St Johnstone clash – Verdict
It’s not ideal for Rangers to be missing two experienced players during the opening stages of the season.
Allan McGregor is the number 1 goalkeeper at Ibrox, while Jermain Defoe scored more league goals than Alfredo Morelos across the last campaign.
However, Jon McLaughlin impressed in pre-season and was barely tested against St Mirren at the weekend, while the signing of Cedric Itten means that even in Defoe’s absence, the Gers aren’t short of options up top.
Most Rangers supporters will be itching to see Kemar Roofe get his first runout at Ibrox at some point on Wednesday night, but he’s had his fair share of injury woes in recent seasons and it’s important not to throw him in before he’s ready.