By Harry Sykes
Rangers defender Lee Hodson is in a race-against-time bid to be fit for Saturday lunchtime’s Old Firm showdown, according to a report.
The BBC Sport website claims the full-back is struggling to be in contention for selection against Celtic after missing the club’s last four matches.
It is said that Hodson is likely to be joined on the sidelines by fellow defenders Lee Wallace, Rob Kiernan and Philippe Senderos as they all prepare to miss out again.
It means that manager Pedro Caixinha could stick with the new-look backline that has served Rangers admirably during the absences of the senior quartet.
Centre-back David Bates, 20, and left-back Myles Beerman, 18, have each started Rangers’ last four matches, during which the team have conceded just two goals.
They are likely to be joined in defence by the more experienced duo of Danny Wilson and James Tavernier, with Wes Foderingham behind them in goal.
Rangers and Celtic go head to head for the final team this season in Saturday lunchtime’s Scottish Premiership clash at Ibrox.
It comes just six days after the Glasgow rivals played the Scottish Cup semi-final, which was comfortably won 2-0 by Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Celtic have already retained the title, but third-placed Rangers need a win to give themselves a chance of catching Aberdeen, who are nine points ahead in second.
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha has made emphatic decisions on four players.