Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has provided an injury update to winger Brandon Barker after he hobbled off the pitch in the 4-0 win over Falkirk.

The Ibrox gaffer was speaking after Rangers booked passage into the quarter-final of the League Cup where his side will face St. Mirren in Paisley.

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Rangers winger Brandon Barker hobbled off in the first half of the club’s 4-0 win over Falkirk. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Barker, 24, was taken off the plastic pitch at the Falkirk Stadium midway through the first half with the Gers 1-0 up in a blow to the wide-man chances.

Barker would’ve hoped to have impressed on a rare start for the side and Steven Gerrard has said he hopes Barker “can be fit as soon as possible” with a tough run ahead.

“Not sure (how Barker is) but he’ll be assessed,” said Gerrard.

“I think he’s rolled his ankle. Obviously, the surface has probably played a part in that, but we’ll see how he is.

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“I don’t think it’s too serious because he’s walked off but hopefully he can be fit as soon as possible.”

Barker’s injury also comes after Rangers were rocked by the first positive Covid-19 test in their playing staff this season.


Swedish international defender Filip Helander tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend with the player now out for 10 days amid a hectic schedule.

Gerrard opened up on the positive test after the match and admitted the situation is certainly a blow to Rangers’ chances.

“I haven’t seen Filip with my own eyes since he had his positive test,” said Gerrard.

“I’ll send him a message when I get on the bus probably and call him in the morning to get a feel of how he’s feeling but he’ll be missing for ten days.

“It’s a blow for us because with George missing as well it leaves us a bit light in the centre-back area. That’s what Covid can do to you so you’ve got to try guard against it.

“That’s the reason we tried Calvin there tonight. We know he can play centre-back so it was just a case of giving him a feel for it in case he is needed.

Rangers defender Filip Helander has tested positive for Covid-19. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Hopefully we can get through with the bodies we’ve got. . We’ve lost Nathan Patterson and we’ve lost two today, so I’m not sure that’s luck.”

Rangers fans have been sending the big Swedish centre-half their best wishes as he looks to recover from the disease with the club now short in defence for the next few matches.

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