Rangers travel to Pittodrie tonight to face Aberdeen in a must-win Scottish Premiership clash – but Steven Gerrard can’t afford to take a gamble with Connor Goldson against the Dons.
The central defender has been out of action since the Old Firm win in December – and took a cortisone injection to get through the 1-0 win over Celtic.
With so much on the line against Aberdeen, Gerrard can’t risk throwing an almost-fit player in and risking the result and his long-term fitness.
Gerrard said during yesterday’s press conference that Goldson was “touch and go” so it doesn’t make sense risking him at Pittodrie.
Niko Katic and Joe Worral are both capable of stepping in and filling in without any difficulty.
The trip to face Kilmarnock on Saturday on a plastic pitch might make it more tempting to throw Goldson back in.
But if it means keeping him out of the side until the following week then so be it.
Gerrard’s side have far too much at stake to take an unnecessary gamble against the Dons.
Celtic’s lead at the top of the table could be extended to nine tonight if results don’t go our way.
Gerrard’s side really needs to take maximum points in every game between now and next month’s Old Firm.
Throwing Goldson back in too soon could make that a much harder task.