Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has provided a worrying injury update regarding Ibrox skipper James Tavernier.
The Gers right-back pulled up following a challenge in the 4-3 win over Royal Antwerp in Belgium and despite twice trying to play on, had to be subbed off the park.
Leon Balogun took his place on the night but Tavernier’s absence and contribution from the right-hand side will be sorely missed by Steven Gerrard’s team.
Speaking to the press ahead of the match with Livingston, Gerrard revealed Tavernier is recovering “slower than we wanted” ahead of the club winning the Scottish Premiership.
However, the Gers boss did have some positive news about Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack, who should be back amongst the squad next week.
“James has been slower than we wanted. It’s difficult to put a date on his return. He hasn’t had a setback, it’s one of those injuries where you have to be patient with it,” said Gerrard [Glasgow Times].
“Jacko and Kem should be back with us sometime next week. They are closer than James.
“If we get to the stage where we can win it, I hope everyone is on the pitch and available. But sometimes with injuries you just have to let them take their course – you can’t force them or push them.
“In an ideal world, he’ll have a positive week this week and get some good news – because if anyone deserves to be around when the team gets over the line, it’s James Tavernier.”
The situation with Tavernier leaves Rangers short at right full-back for the trip to Livingston with Leon Balogun also out with a quad problem, meaning Nathan Patterson is likely to come back in.
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