Rangers’ northeastern rivals Aberdeen are facing a defensive injury crisis heading into the Ibrox clash with six first team defenders carrying injuries ahead of the match.

The Dons face major issues in defence which will be music to the ears of Rangers fans and a Rangers team eager to get some goals on the board and chalk up a substantial victory.

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Rangers are yet to face off against Stephen Glass’ Aberdeen side but the Dons travel to Ibrox with defensive injury issues. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Right-back Calvin Ramsey and centre-back Declan Gallagher sustained injuries in the 1-0 over Hibs with goalkeeper Joe Lewis also suffering a broken nose in the clash.

They join long-term absentee Andy Considine on the sidelines, with Mikey Devlin and young left-back Jack MacKenzie also out.

Ex-Celtic captain Scott Brown even played in defence in the win over Hibs and Glass admits a patchwork side could be thrown together at Ibrox.

“We had to reshape the team, throw bodies on and players had to play in positions that are not natural to them so that side of it was part of the win,” said Glass [Daily Record]

“Like recent weeks, I don’t think we gave up too many opportunities for the other team to score and if we had made the mistakes that we had previously, maybe I would be sitting here saying the same things again.

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“We need to patch up what we’ve got and go to Ibrox and we’re ready to roll.”

 

Defence isn’t the only problem area for Aberdeen with winger Matty Kennedy also on the injury list.

Rangers must take advantage of Aberdeen injury news to send message

Stephen Glass’ side travel to Ibrox after finally stopping the rot via a 1-0 win against Hibs in the Scottish Premiership after a run of five straight defeats in the league.

Aberdeen have been in disastrous form as of late and the win over Jack Ross’ team was certainly welcome before the side travel to Ibrox.

Whilst this is a much-changed Aberdeen side, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have previous with the northeast club and if ever there was a match to notch up some numbers, this is it.

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Rangers striker heads into the match after scoring his 100th goal for the Gers in the 2-1 win over St Mirren. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A thumping victory over Aberdeen would pacify Rangers fans eager for a deluge of goals and give confidence to a team who’re grinding out results without hitting full flow.

In the end, we’ll take any kind of three points, but with Aberdeen a wounded animal both injury and form-wise, it’s a great opportunity to send a message to the rest of the league.

Rangers have their injury problems themselves of course but one influential first-team player could be set to return against the Dons.

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