Rangers manager Graeme Murty has confirmed that Josh Windass has missed training this week and will not be fit to play against Dundee at Ibrox on Saturday.
Windass, 24, has been a mainstay of the Light Blues squad this season and it will no doubt be a major blow to be without the former Accrington Stanley attacker this weekend, especially as it may put his place in the semi-final against Celtic next week at risk.
Rangers will know that they will need a win to try and get back into second place in the Scottish Premiership after Aberdeen leapfrogged them earlier this week.
And to do so, players like Windass have to be fit and raring to go.
However, as confirmed by Murty on Friday, the key Gers player will not be available this weekend.
“Josh Windass did not train this week so unfortunately he will not feature this week,” he said, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.
🎙️ GM: Josh Windass did not train this week so unfortunately he will not feature this week.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 6, 2018
Windass has made 37 appearances for the Gers this season in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and supplying eight assists.
Football Insider verdict
As long as Windass is not out of the semi-final clash with Celtic next weekend then this absence could be a bit of a blessing in disguise for the player. Windass’ form has dropped in the past few weeks. He opened the scoring against the Hoops in the Old Firm at Ibrox, but after that he went completely missing and the same thing happened again in the loss to Kilmarnock and draw with Motherwell. Sitting out of one game can perhaps help the 24-year-old recapture his form when he is back. The clash at Hampden Park next week is going to be absolutely massive.
In other Rangers news, Celtic are in the running to sign this former Light Blues player in a shock summer transfer.