By Frank McAvennie

14th Sep, 2021 | 10:45am

Rangers have suffered 'big blow' after early team news - McAvennie

Frank McAvennie insists Rangers will suffer a “big blow” if Connor Goldson is unavailable to face Lyon this week.

The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the defender’s condition.

Steven Gerrard is quoted by Glasgow Times (13 September) as saying he is “hopeful” Goldson will be available for the Lyon game.

Speaking after the Gers’ win over St Johnstone, Gerrard revealed Goldson is self -solating and couldn’t put a timescale on his return.

The St Johnstone game marked the first time the defender had missed a minute of action in well over a year.

Filip Helander started in Goldson’s stead on Saturday afternoon but Simpson replaced him after he picked up a knock.

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The Swede is also a doubt for the Lyon clash.

McAvennie insists Goldson’s absence is a blow but claimed the Gers have plenty of capable backup.

“It’s a big blow,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Listen, Rangers know exactly what they are doing. We spoke about it last year.

“Whoever is doing that defensive training will have the other players drilled.

“I don’t think it will be too much of a problem and they got a good result without him at the weekend.

“I think it will be a good game to watch to be honest. Lyon will offer more up front than St Johnstone though.”

Rangers welcome Lyon to Ibrox on Thursday night.

They will look to repeat last season’s run to the latter stages of the Europa League.

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