Rangers-linked Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson has been ruled out of the Dons’ crunch clash with the Gers as Ibrox – handing James Tavernier the chance to top the scoring charts. 

Both players have started the season on sparkling form scoring eight Scottish Premiership goals apiece to lead the division’s scoring charts despite being a midfielder and right-back respectively. 

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The absence of Rangers-linked midfielder Lewis Ferguson is a big blow to Aberdeen’s chances. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Midfielder Ferguson – who is the nephew of former Ibrox captain Barry and son of ex-Rangers star Derek – will miss the tie due to being a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case whilst on international duty [Daily Record]. 

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The talented midfielder was last season’s Scottish Football Writer’s Young Player of the Year and his absence will come as a sizeable blow to Derek Mcinnes’ side ahead of the trip to Glasgow. 

Rangers have been routinely linked with a move for Ferguson in the press but so far nothing has materialised, with some outlets claiming the Dons could want a club record fee for the player [Daily Record]. 

 

Winger Connor Mclennan has also been forced into quarantine after being away with the Scotland U21s as the Dons count the cost of seven absentees ahead of the crunch clash. 

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Dylan McGeouch, Marley Watkins, Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn are all injured while Ross McCrorie is ineligible due to the terms of his loan deal. 

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Ferguson’s absence hands James Tavernier the chance to stretch ahead in the Scottish Premiership scoring stakes. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This means Rangers have a superb opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 11 points after Celtic stumbled against Hibs yesterday. 

With no Ferguson in the side, it also hands Rangers’ form star Tavernier the chance to continue his fine form and top the Scottish Premiership scoring charts in the early part of this season. 

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