Clive Tyldesley returned to RangersTV commentary duty for Rangers’ Premiership fixture against Dundee United on Sunday afternoon and it didn’t take him long to reveal a possible major boost for the club.
The Gers triumphed 4-1 in the game, surviving early scares to go 2-0 up by the break courtesy of goals from Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent, and while Marc McNulty netted in the second half for the visitors, his strike only came after Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos had made the points safe.
The result took Steven Gerrard’s side 18 points clear at the top of the Premiership table ahead of Celtic’s evening fixture against Ross County in Dingwall.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the win was that Rangers were far from at full strength for the game.
Kemar Roofe was suspended, Ryan Jack limped off in the first half and not only was skipper James Tavernier out injured (knee) but back-up right-back Nathan Patterson was also unavailable, as well as Calvin Bassey and Bongani Zungu, after the trio were involved in a breach of Covid regulations last weekend.
Tavernier picked up his injury in a 50-50 challenge against Royal Antwerp in Belgium on Thursday night and there has been plenty of concern amongst supporters that he could be facing an extended spell on the sidelines.
Tyldesley allayed some of those fears in the opening minutes of Sunday’s game, though.
“A little bird has told me that it’s not as serious as first feared,” said the esteemed commentator on RangersTV when addressing Tavernier’s knock. “Let’s hope that little bird is correct.”
Leon Balogun filled in at right-back in Antwerp and once again against Dundee United, doing an admirable job on both occasions in an unfamiliar role.
However, if Tyldesley is correct, the Nigerian international’s services may not be required there for too much longer.
Check out our Match Report from the game, here.