By Will Butcher
Mark Warburton has said that Rangers captain Lee Wallace is a doubt for the game against St. Johnstone on Wednesday, and won’t be risked unless the club is sure of his fitness.
The 29-year-old pulled up in the closing stages of the game on Christmas Eve as Rangers earned a 1-0 away win against Inverness to consolidate their position in second.
Speaking to the Scotsman, Warburton revealed that if there is any kind of injury other than cramp involved, he will rest him on Wednesday.
“We’ll see how he is. He’s being treated for it,” Warburton said. “We thought it was cramp – we hope it’s cramp – but we’ll see how it shows.
“He’ll need to be assessed further today and tomorrow. If there is any danger then he won’t be risked.”
Wallace remained on the pitch during the final stages of Saturday’s win, but played up front as Mark Warburton had used all three of his substitutes.
Starting his career at Hearts, Wallace is one of the Gers’ longest serving players and has played all 19 games for Rangers in the Scottish Premiership this season.
He will be desperate to play in the Old Firm Clash with Celtic on New Year’s Eve but has to be considered a major doubt for that match too.
Celtic have won both Old Firm derbies to date this season. They beat Rangers 5-1 in the league and 1-0 in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.
But after four straight wins, Warburton will be hoping his side can prevent a Celtic whitewash this season with a win at Ibrox on Hogmanay.