By Frank McAvennie

17th Nov, 2022 | 3:02pm

Connor Goldson cited as real reason for Rangers meltdown explained - expert

Frank McAvennie has insisted Rangers cannot use injuries as an excuse for poor performances.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic striker insisted one of the Gers’s biggest problems was not replacing Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey.

As reported by the Daily Record (15 November), Fashion Sakala was forced to withdraw from the Zambia squad through injury.

The 25-year-old missed out on Rangers’ last two games after limping off in the 84th minute of the 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone (6 November).

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already had his fair share of injury concerns this season.

Tom Lawrence, Ianis Hagi and Kemar Roofe have all been missing for large parts of the season.

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Centre-back Connor Goldson has also been absent with an injury, with 18-year-old Leon King filling in for the Ibrox veteran.

When asked how much of the Gers’ problems this season have been down to injuries, McAvennie told Football Insider:Not a lot.

They miss Goldson and they have had to put two young players in there. I can understand why. I am a great believer that if you are good enough they will put you in, it does not matter how old you are.

But they are going to make mistakes. But they also let two of their best players leave last year and they never replaced them.”

On Monday (14 November), this site revealed that the Light Blues are increasingly likely to sack Van Bronckhorst after weekend crisis talks.

The Bears are nine points behind Glasgow rivals Celtic in the league.

In other news, a Rangers expert has issued ‘huge’ Giovanni van Bronckhorst sack claim after source’s reveal.