By Abigail Withey
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has revealed that James Tavernier and Niko Kranjcar are carrying minor injuries and are expected to miss the club’s opening game against Motherwell this weekend.
Tavernier, 26, was part of the starting XI which secured a 2-1 win over Watford during a friendly last Wednesday, but the 46-year-old boss revealed that the right-back is carrying a foot injury and would be doubtful to feature in Gers’ Premiership opener.
It has also been confirmed that fellow team mate Kranjcar, 32, is suffering from a hip problem despite coming on as a substitution for Josh Windass in the second half of Rangers’ friendly match against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
The club shared the manager’s injury updates on their official Twitter account on Thursday following a media brief.
PC: James Tavernier & Niko Kranjcar are both carrying short term injuries. James foot & Niko hip.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 3, 2017
Caixinha has plenty of options for his squad against Motherwell this weekend after signing a total of nine players during the transfer window.
The Light Blues will be venturing away from the Ibrox stadium for their first Premiership match of the 2017/18 campaign and will travel to Fir Park with the hope of securing three points.
In other Rangers news, this Gers 23-year-old has responded to interest from England.