Rangers defeated Dundee 3-0 in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, with the home side losing defender Lee Ashcroft on the stroke of halftime in what looks like a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury.
This is a welcome boost for Rangers, who face the same opponents in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday and ideally want to face a weakened Dundee as a tough run of fixtures fast approaches.
The centre back has already missed a large chunk of the season with the injury and only recently returned to action against Hibs at the start of the month.
Dundee’s assistant manager Simon Rusk explained that it was “a real blow” [TheCourier].
“I have not had any feedback yet, in terms of how bad it is. But the overall feeling is a disappointment for him. I’m really hoping for good news on that one.”
It looks like he will be out of action for a few weeks, thus missing the tie against the Ibrox side on Sunday.
Rangers back up Europa League success with a comfortable Scottish Cup win over Dundee
With the recent European Hangovers plaguing the side, the comfortable nature of the win against Dundee was pleasant and means the momentum will hopefully carry onto Thursday’s away leg against Red Star Belgrade.
There was some much-needed rotation required and Gio made several changes, giving James Sands and Aaron Ramsey starts in what was an inspired move.
They both played well and goals from Connor Goldson and James Tavernier gave the away side a 2-0 halftime lead. On paper, this looked like an unassailable advantage but following the second-half capitulation against Motherwell a few weeks ago, nobody was taking anything for granted.
Thankfully, there wasn’t a repeat and Fashion Sakala netted with three minutes left to put the icing on the cake and set us up nicely for midweek.