Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Rangers won’t have enough players to fill the bench at Livingston and that an unnamed player will be used as a makeshift left-back amid an injury crisis [Glasgow Times].
The Gers are taking on the Lions in their penultimate Premiership fixture of the 2020/21 season at the Tony Macaroni on Wednesday evening.
The title was wrapped up over two months ago but there’s still plenty to play for, with Rangers’ unbeaten record intact and the hosts scrapping for fifth spot with St Johnstone.
The Lights Blues will have their work cut out to win the game, though, as Leon Balogun, Filip Helander, Niko Katic, Borna Barisic, Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack are all missing through injury, while suspensions for Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey and Bongani Zungu compound the selection issues.
“We will be a little bit shy on the bench,” said Gerrard [Glasgow Times]. “We should have maybe five players named on the bench but we are fine and good to go.”
With the club’s only two senior specialist left-backs both unavailable, the manager is having to get creative.
“Look, it is my job to find a solution,” he continued. “It is not ideal. We have worked all week on a few different options. I don’t want to give anything away, I am sure Davie [Martindale] will be trying to listen and get any advantage he can.”
“We are going to ask someone to do a role that is not his main role but he hopefully will sacrifice himself for the team, park his ego up and try and deliver a job for us in that position and we will go from there.
“We have got injuries and numbers-wise we are not in the perfect situation but it won’t be an excuse because we have got more than enough to go there and try and win the game.”
Joe Aribo could be the player asked to drop back, as he slotted in well at left-back during a Europa League Round of 32 clash against Braga at Ibrox last season following an injury to Barisic.
Rangers have taken seven points from their three meetings with Livingston this season, with Alfredo Morelos netting a late winner on their last visit to West Lothian.