By Alan Hutton

27th Apr, 2023 | 8:38am

Rangers suffer 'big' Connor Goldson blow ahead of Celtic showdown - expert

Rangers have been dealt a “big blow” ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.

That’s according to former Gers defender Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the potential absence of Connor Goldson and Ryan Kent for Sunday’s game.

Goldson has missed the last three Premiership games through injury and has been replaced by the recently returned John Souttar.

Kent has been sidelined for their last two league encounters after picking up an injury.

As quoted by the Daily Record (22 April), Light Blues boss Michael Beale suggested both players will return for the game at Hampden on Sunday (30 April).

But Hutton is worried Rangers could still be missing the pair for the huge Scottish Cup clash.

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Goldson looks like he is going to be missed from what I hear,” he told Football Insider.

Kent as well, they could be a big blow for Rangers moving forward. Unless they come back in and declare themselves fit, I do not see much change [to the team] from what we saw at the weekend.

It was not a great result but the performance was not as bad as people think. So I do not really see too many changes from that game the other day.

The Gers are heading into the semi-final off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Rangers also suffered a defeat at the hands of their Glasgow rivals earlier this month (8 April), in a 3-2 derby loss.

Beale’s men will be looking to right the wrongs of their League Cup final loss at Hampden earlier this year and will be hoping to squash Ange Postecoglou’s chance of a treble.

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