Rangers will have to beat Celtic without their hugely experienced centre-back Bruno Alves.

Graeme Murty confirmed that the 95-time Portugal international would not be fit for the game, despite being back in light training.

Murty was talking in the pre-match press conference on Friday when he also had to field uncomfortable questions about Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard being lined up to take over at Ibrox.

Murty did say that Alves hoped to be back soon but that the Celtic clash would come too soon for him.

Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham is also out which probably means a start for Jak Alnwick in goal.

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Alves only came on as a substitute in the 4-0 defeat to Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, with Russell Martin and Ross McCrorie playing in central defence. That didn’t go so well and they performed a lot better when Alves and David Bates played in the 3-2 defeat. With Alves out and Bates on his way to Hamburg, McCrorie and Martin will be expected to do better this time round and for McCrorie, that will mean staying on the pitch. His red card was a big factor in Rangers’ capitulation last time.

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