Rangers look set to receive a boost as Hibs loanee Harry Clarke has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury which means he will miss the league clash against the Ibrox side on February 9.
Clarke was set to make his debut in the tie against Celtic this evening as the Scottish Premiership returns from the three-week winter break.
The defender arrived from Arsenal on an 18-month loan deal and was set to feature straight away for the Edinburgh side. the Daily Express reported that the 20-year old suffered a hamstring injury during a training game and will now sit out numerous fixtures.
Rangers made Harry Clarke bid
Prior to Clarke signing for Hibs, the Scottish Sun reported that Rangers had made a bid for the player, yet this was rejected and he was instead sent out on loan to Hibs.
Rangers media partners Heart & Hand then refuted the claim that the club was in for the defender, claiming that the links weren’t true, and he wasn’t on Rangers radar.
Although Clarke may have been a decent option to have in the squad, with his ability to play both centre back and right back, plus his age, giving him time to develop in the side, it looks like the Ibrox side has signed a superior defender in John Souttar.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst doesn’t look like he is stopping there either as he aims to fine-tune the squad ahead of a crucial second half of the season in which the Gers will be fighting on three fronts as we chase glory.