Rangers suffer quadruple blow ahead of clash against Celtic
By Richard Parks
Three Rangers players have been ruled out of the Old Firm clash against Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday.
Pedro Caixinha’s plans have been disrupted by injuries to skipper Lee Wallace, central midfielder Jordan Rossiter and playmaker Niko Kranjcar.
Caixinha revealed that midfielder Graham Dorrans has also been struggling with illness and missed training on Monday.
Dorrans is set to recover in time to face bitter rivals Celtic and could even be involved in Rangers’ League Cup clash against Partick Thistle on Tuesday night.
The other three will miss both of this week’s matches in what represents a blow to manager Caixinha.
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Wallace travelled to Manchester on Monday to see a groin specialist as the club are braced for the possibility that his absence could be a lengthy one.
The senior left-back is set to be replaced on Tuesday night by on-loan Cardiff defender Declan John, but his absence may be more telling come Saturday and the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Kranjcar and Rossiter were both absent from Firhill for Friday night’s 2-2 Scottish Premiership draw and Caixinha confirmed they are both suffering from knee injuries.
“Niko started back training with us on Sunday,” the manager added to the Rangers official website. “He is still going to be assessed by his surgeon so we are going to see how we are going to deal with his situation. It is the same knee as he injured last season.
“Jordan Rossiter still has some pain on the knee so he still can’t train with the team and is not in our options.”
Caixinha also explained that Dorrans had been feeling sick but is in contention to face Partick as the two sides go head to head for the second time in four days.
In other Rangers team news, Chris Sutton has destroyed a midfielder for his display during Friday’s draw against Partick Thistle.