Confirmed: Senior Rangers duo face race against time, massive doubts for Celtic clash
Rangers manager Graeme Murty is sweating over the fitness of senior stars Wes Foderingham and Bruno Alves for this weekend’s Old Firm clash with Celtic after the pair were forced to miss the 2-1 win with Hearts on Sunday.
Murty takes his side to Celtic Park next Sunday for the final Old Firm meeting of the season but could be without the senior duo for the clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The English boss confirmed Foderingham has been struggling “for a while” and admitted it is “too soon to say” is either will be fit to play a part against the Gers’ bitter rivals.
“Wes has been struggling with an issue for a while and we thought it was right he didn’t play,” Murty said, as quoted by BT Sport.
“He ruled himself out himself because of it.
“He thought it was too much now for him to cope with. But I thought Jak came in and did really well.
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“As for next week, we’ll have to assess Wes later on.
“Bruno has got a hamstring pull from last week. Again we’ll have to see how he is for next week. It’s too soon to say right now.”
The Hoops could secure their seventh successive title with a win over the Light Blues after failing to get it over the line against Hibernian.
Murty’s side will be desperate to avoid watching their rivals celebrate winning the title in front of them as well as not losing ground on Aberdeen in the race for second in the Scottish Premiership.
Football Insider verdict:
Losing Foderingham for the trip to Celtic Park would be a massive blow for Murty’s side. The former Swindon ace is the clear number one and the Gers are significantly weaker without him in the side. Bruno Alves’ absence would also be a blow but by no means as massive as the goalkeeper’s. While the title is pretty much a formality for Celtic, nobody wants to be the team that has to endure Celtic celebrating and that is only amplified when it come to Rangers. Meanwhile in the battle for second place, with only four games left, Rangers cannot afford to lose any points if they are to stay ahead of Aberdeen.
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