Injury doubts surround up to 12 Rangers players as squad is decimated

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Injury doubts surround up to 12 Rangers players as squad is decimated

Rangers face injuries surrounding as many as 12 Ibrox first-teamers as the club threatens to hobble to the World Cup break in November.

There can be no doubts that the injury situation at Ibrox is adding to the pressure surrounding manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and has prevented the club showing their Champions League best.

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But when you dig a little deeper into the issues they throw up a range of questions regarding what’s going on at Rangers as injuries take their toll on a squad lacking confidence.

First there are those confirmed by the club as being sidelined until after the tournament in Qatar.

Remarkably, this not only includes three of the club’s first-choice centre-backs, but also a selection of some of Rangers’ highest earning players.

Rangers injuries decimate squad ahead of World Cup run-in

Vice-captain Connor Goldson will out for at least a few months, joining summer signing John Souttar and Swedish international Filip Helander as the centre-back trio Rangers are set to do without.

Joining them are first-team midfield trio Ryan Jack, Ianis Hagi and Tom Lawrence, who are looking at a post-World Cup return regardless of their differing circumstances. Nmandi Ofoborh hasn’t kicked a ball for the club due to a tragic heart issue.

In terms of doubts there is Glen Kamara, who had picked up a knock in the 4-0 win over St Mirren and goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, who had started the season but found himself out of the side with an unconfirmed issue following a downturn in form.

Despite being seen on the bench, the ex-Hearts goalie is yet to return to the fold.

Two players who are said to be nearing a first-team return are Kemar Roofe and Alex Lowry, but given this is a line we’re used to as Rangers fans when it comes to injuries, we’ll take it with a pinch of salt.

Both players are yet to play this season.

And last, but by absolutely no means least, is Rangers captain James Tavernier, who was visibly wincing in the warm-up ahead of the win over Motherwell.

Word on the grapevine is the Ibrox skipper is at half-capacity because he’s carrying a knock and Rangers are trying to play him through to the winter break.

That’s 12 players in the Rangers squad who are either injured or are yet to return from injuries.

Whether you look at the recruitment and ask why we have so many injury prone members of the squad, question the club’s fitness plans or even put it down to bad luck, it’s certainly not good news for the Ibrox side who will be counting down the weeks until they return.

Meanwhile, one ex-Rangers star was involved in an on-pitch brawl with his new club in a six-goal thriller than saw four men sent off.