By Wayne Veysey

21st Sep, 2017 | 12:39pm

Shattering Rangers blow: Key man sidelined for two months

By Richard Parks

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace will be sidelined for two months with a groin injury, it has been revealed.

Manager Pedro Caixinha confirmed the extent of the damage sustained by the defender in last Friday’s 2-2 draw against Partick Thistle.

The former Hearts ace limped out of the clash at Firhill after just 10 minutes and was sent to see a specialist in Manchester at the start of this week.

Caixinha confirmed the outcome was a grim one as he explained that it will be up to eight weeks before the left-back, 30, is fully recovered.

Wallace is regarded as a key component of Rangers’ defence, which has conceded eight league goals, as well as an important attacking outlet.

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His leadership and experience will be sorely missed both in Saturday’s Old Firm showdown at Ibrox and in subsequent matches as Caixinha’s side attempt to narrow the gap on Celtic.

Wallace’s absence will provide an opportunity for on-loan left-back Declan John, who made an excellent impression against Partick in midweek.

However, John faces a fitness battle of his own ahead of Saturday’s clash as the problems pile up for the home side.

In other Rangers news, a bizarre admission from Ibrox has played right into Celtic’s hands ahead of the Old Firm.

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