Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson is a major injury doubt for the club’s trip to Hibs this weekend as Michael Beale pledges defensive reinforcements.
The Ibrox side have suffered badly amid an injury crisis at centre-back this season, with Connor Goldson, Ben Davies and John Souttar all missing at various points of the campaign, and now the boss has given an injury update to the Herald.
Swedish international centre-back Filip Helander also hasn’t kicked a ball for the club all year, with Leon King the only fit defender over the entire season.
It has been massive in the club’s collapse this campaign, as failed squad management comes under the microscope alongside the club’s medical department.
Now, Goldson could be set to miss the weekend’s clash with Hibs after picking up a knock in Rangers’ 3-0 victory over Celtic at Ibrox.
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“Obviously Connor went off last week so he’s a doubt for this weekend,” said Beale.
Rangers to invest at CB amid Connor Goldson injury
Also asked about the emergence of John Souttar over the last few weeks, Beale assessed the defensive options in the squad and pledged investment this summer.
Claiming that he wants to add greater athleticism, the injury to Goldson is evidence of the greater strength in depth which is required.
“I think John could [be an important player for the club],” said Beale.
“We’ve toyed with the idea of playing three at the back because of the way John’s trained and over a longer period of time he has to show that he can stay fit and healthy.
“We’re going to add into that area this summer and the competition for Connor, John, Ben and young Leon is going to go up.
“It’s going to give us more variety in that area and will add to our athleticism if you like and our power in that position which I think is important over a long season.
“That area of our team this year, certainly at the first part of the season around Champions League, has been very damaging to us.”