The strength in depth Steven Gerrard has cultivated at Rangers means Scott Arfield’s absence for the Old Firm on Saturday shouldn’t hit them too hard.
That is according to former Arsenal and Everton forward Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams after it was revealed on Thursday that Arfield will miss the match against Celtic due to an ankle injury.
Victory for Rangers would see them move 19 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, while a Celtic win could see them narrow the gap to 13 points with three games in hand.
Injury to one of their first-choice midfielders, therefore, is far from ideal.
But Campbell believes the options available to manager Steven Gerrard combined with the significance of the occasion should mean that Rangers have adequate quality and drive in midfield without the £25,000-a-week Canada international.
He told Football Insider: “Scott Arfield has been doing really well for Rangers.
“But Steven Gerrard has assembled a really decent squad there. So I’m sure whoever comes in for him might not be as good but will be right up for playing in the Old Firm.
“And they’re at home as well, so it’s a big, big game and it’s one that could potentially have big consequence off the pitch if it goes the wrong way.
“So whoever plays will have to be right up for it.”
His isn’t the only injury Rangers are having to contend with ahead of the most important Old Firm in recent years.
Nikola Katic has not yet come back from his ACL rupture, while the commanding Ryan Jack will not feature in midfield after his return from a knee injury was pushed back to mid-January.