Rangers defender David Bates has suffered a fractured bone in his foot after being stretchered off against Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that Bates, 21, will likely be sidelined for three weeks in what is no doubt a major blow to Graeme Murty’s plans.
It is understood that the centre-back is in a race against time to be fit for the Gers’ Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden Park next month.
The first team defender was taken off in the 15th minute after a nasty-looking coming together with Tom Rogic as the Hoops midfielder scored.
Bates has made 17 appearances in all competitions for the Light Blues this season and has been a mainstay in the backline under Murty’s leadership.
Football Insider verdict
This is not good news for Rangers at all but it was clear that Bates was going to miss an extended period after he was taken to hospital on Sunday. Fabio Cardoso came on for the former Raith Rovers player and showed exactly why he is well down the pecking order at Ibrox with a shocking performance. The sooner Russell Martin and Ross McCrorie are back to fitness the better because the Gers’ Portuguese options of Cardoso and Bruno Alves have shown anything but consistency this season.