Dundee United set to be understrength for imminent Rangers clash
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Dundee United set to be understrength for imminent Rangers clash

Rangers’ opponents Dundee United are set to be understrength for the clash between the two sides this weekend amid a Covid scare at the Tannadice club.

The Gers are taking on the Terrors in a 3pm kick-off in the Premiership on Saturday afternoon as first takes on fourth at Ibrox.

Rangers have been flawless in the league since Gio van Bronckhorst’s arrival. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, it looks like Tam Courts won’t have a full squad to choose from in Govan.

Sky Sports reported on Wednesday that United had cancelled training earlier that day after one player returned a positive test following the team’s Christmas night out in Newcastle at the weekend.

The Daily Record then reported on Thursday morning that some players had completed a light training session the previous day but that at least two ‘top team stars’ have tested positive.

While Rangers’ upcoming opponents are awaiting the results of further tests, an element of uncertainty surrounds the fixture.

However, United are believed to be confident that it will go ahead and given that SPFL rules state they are only required to have 13 fit players including one goalkeeper, it’s more likely that they will travel to Ibrox with a weakened squad than not travel at all.

Dundee United are likely to be missing players for their clash with Rangers on Saturday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dundee United to be understrength for Rangers clash

It’s unfortunate for Dundee United that they have been hit with this news ahead of a big trip to Ibrox.

While the threat of a cancellation – which would lead to fixture congestion – is still lingering, it’s more likely that Rangers will benefit by coming up against a depleted side.

Rangers had to deal with a Covid outbreak of their own earlier this season and still won both matches that took place during that time, but the Gers have much greater squad depth than most other teams in Scotland who would be hit harder if they lost a handful of regular starters.

The Light Blues are in excellent form coming into the game with a 100% record in the league since Gio van Bronckhorst’s appointment, while United have lost each of their last three matches.

Meanwhile, Rangers are reportedly set to recall a loanee in January.