Rangers are facing an Old Firm midfield crisis as at least three first-team stars could miss next weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash with Celtic at Ibrox.
In the final Old Firm of the season, Rangers will be well aware that this is an almighty hurdle to clear in the chase to go the Premiership campaign unbeaten.
This remains Rangers only existing target having crashed out of the Scottish Cup at the hands of St Johnstone following a 1-1 AET draw and subsequent 4-2 penalty shootout defeat.
Now, the Gers will head into the Celtic match with a threadbare midfield knowing that any other absentees would represent a serious issue for the club.
Influential Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is out for the rest of the season and will likely miss the European Championships with Scotland this summer.
South African international midfielder Bongani Zungu is suspended due to his role in a high-profile Covid-19 breach involving five Rangers players earlier in the year.
And to top it all off, ex-Canada international captain Scott Arfield picked up an injury in training this week and missed the St Johnstone match entirely. It’s not clear if he will return for the Celtic clash.
This leaves Rangers with Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo as the three main midfield options available, whilst Ianis Hagi is potentially another name who could drop back into the middle.
However a combination of these three players doesn’t always fill Gers fans with confidence when the chips are down and sleeves need to be rolled up.
The Ibrox side’s supporters took aim at the club’s powderpuff midfield following the Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Callum Davidson’s side.