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Rangers centre-back duo must be very last resort for Murty after injury blow

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Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso could find himself coming back into the starting XI after the international break if Russell Martin can’t get over the back injury that has forced him out of the Scotland squad – and Gers manager Graeme Murty should look at any other possible alternatives.

With David Bates definitely missing out, the Gers could be forced to go with Cardoso and Bruno Alves in central defence and after their horror show against Celtic it should be the very last resort for Murty.

Cardoso has only made a handful of appearances since having his nose broken in October’s Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat by Motherwell and somehow looks worse every time he is brought out of cold storage.

Lee Wallace has played a couple of closed doors games in central defence – ostensibly with an eye to him playing there if needed – and could be an option for the Motherwell clash and would arguably be less of a risk than the Alves/Cardoso pairing.

The Portuguese duo have never really got up to full speed since arriving at Ibrox last summer and both could find themselves on the way out in the summer.

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Ross McCrorie is another who could be back from injury before long and could provide another alternative for Murty when his side travel to Fir Park on March 31st.

The Gers’ medical staff will no doubt be doing everything to make sure Martin is fit to face the Steelmen but if there is any risk Martin won’t make it then the Gers should be looking at every possible alternative to going with Alves and Cardoso.

In other Rangers news, fans have demanded that the club signs this Old Firm scourge in the summer, claiming he is better than Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.

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