By Wayne Veysey

22nd Feb, 2018 | 7:35am

Shattering blow: Rangers key player set to miss Celtic showdown after setback - report

By Richard Parks
Rangers ace Ross McCrorie is set to miss the Old Firm showdown against Celtic next month as he prepares for an extended spell on the sidelines, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the 19-year-old, who has played in defence and central midfield this season, faces at least four more weeks out with the foot injury that he first sustained in December.
It is said that McCrorie is being treated by Rangers doctors, who are convinced he will now miss the mouthwatering league fixture against Celtic at Ibrox on 11 March.
The teenager has had a remarkable breakthrough campaign for the Light Blues and was a mainstay of the team until he initially broke down against Ross County in December.
McCrorie played on until the winter break but aggravated the injury during Rangers’ winter training camp in Florida and is now set to pay the price with an even longer spell out.
Football Insider verdict:
Losing McCrorie for at least another month is a huge setback to Rangers. The future of Scottish football was one of the team’s outstanding players before he broke down in January and, although Murty’s men have coped well without him, he adds strength and class to the spine of the team, either in defence or the midfield anchorman role. He will be much missed in the coming weeks, including the crunch against Celtic next month.
In other Rangers team news, a club Insider has responded to speculation that a key first teamer has gone AWOL from training.
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