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27th Apr, 2017 | 2:42pm

Rangers dealt shattering blow as defender ruled out of Celtic showdown - report

By Matt Farr

Rangers defender Lee Hodson has been ruled out of the upcoming Old Firm derby showdown with Celtic on Saturday, according to a report.

The Daily Record understand that the 25-year-old suffered a training ground injury on Wednesday, and is almost certain to watch the clash with Celtic at Ibrox from the sidelines.

Rangers are still awaiting clarification on the full extent of the training injury, but the signs are not overly positive with Hodson on crutches following the accidental clash with a team-mate.

The potential setback comes as a shattering blow for Rangers ahead of the clash with their rivals, with Hodson among the names likely to have come into the side following the 2-0 defeat to Celtic on Sunday.

Pedro Caixinha’s side gave a limp showing in all areas of the pitch at Hampden during their Scottish Cup semi final defeat, and was expected to make changes to his defensive line-up.

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But Hodson, who has been an unused substitute in each of the last three matches in all competitions, is not likely to feature in Caixinha’s plans on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international has struggled to earn a regular run in the first-team squad, making just 16 appearances in all competitions, but his experience could have been a handy asset for Caixinha to put to use.

Instead, the Portuguese may seek to persist with the teenager Myles Beerman in defence, despite having a torrid time against Celtic a week ago.

Rangers, who are third in the Scottish Premiership table, must win to avoid Celtic completing a sixth Old Firm derby this season without defeat.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha has laid into his players and accused them of this following the Celtic defeat.

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