Injuries to Scott Arfield, Connor Goldson, and Gareth McAuley overshadowed the performance in tonght’s 0-0 draw with Hibs.
Rangers were held to a stalemate after dominating Neil Lennon’s men for long stages of the game. Alfredo Morelos was guilty of missing a plethora of chances, but still showed his worth in a battling display.
Fans certainly will have been impressed with plenty of what they seen from their side. Rangers were the more composed on the ball, and forced plenty of errors from the Edinburgh side.
Despite that, Arfield was hooked at half-time for Ross McCrorie, before Goldson struggled with a knock towards the end. He did, however, finish the contest despite initial fears of him needing to go off. McAuley came off mid-way through the second-half.
The trio have certainly been the main subjects of conversation for fans post-match. Here’s what some of the Rangers supporters had to say after the result.
also fkn hope to god arfield, goldson and mcauley aren’t injured, that is just our luck
— gillian (@gillian1872x) December 19, 2018
Hope Arfield is ok. Huge player for us
— Peter huistra (@Peterhuistra) December 19, 2018
Could be without Goldson & McAuley for Saturday. Worrall & Katic then….🧐😳
— Dougie (@55Beats10) December 19, 2018
Scott Arfield injured is a huge loss hope it nothing to serious can’t afford to have him out over the next couple of games
— Rhys Gale (@rhysmgale) December 19, 2018
Hope Arfield injury isn’t serious! We need him for the next 3 fixtures! Come on Rangers
— Neil (@n3ilmc82) December 19, 2018
Still to find out more
Fans have still to find out a bit more on the bumps their stars picked up in tonight’s stalemate. Arfield has been confirmed as missing the weekend’s match against St Johnstone. Even more concerning, however, was the fact that Steven Gerrard stated post-match that it was a hamstring knock.
As for Goldson and McAuley, Gerrard didn’t touch on them specifically to Rangers TV. He did say, however, that he has one or two players with bruises that he hopes will clear up. This is almost certain to include the two centre-backs.
If we’re being realistic, it seems as though McAuley and Goldson don’t have any real serious problems. If one or both miss the St Johnstone clash on Sunday, it won’t be as colossal a blow as missing Arfield for several.
Rangers fans will instantly have their eyes on the visit of Celtic on December 29th. Having all of their players back for that one has to be the main goal. That clash is now just 10 days away, so any hamstring knock for Arfield will need to heal up extremely quickly.
Ross McCrorie came in and did a great job in the second half against Hibs. The issue with playing him over Arfield, however, is that Rangers then have three natural CDMs whilst a number 10 is still clearly required.
Updates on the trio are sure to be released over the coming day or two. Until then, Rangers fans will have to sweat over their fitness.