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25th Dec, 2016 | 12:21pm

Warburton hoping senior Rangers player has not suffered serious injury ahead of Celtic clash

By Amir Mir

Mark Warburton is hoping Lee Wallace has not suffered a serious injury ahead of Rangers’ clash with Celtic on Friday.

Captain Wallace appeared to injure his leg late in the second half during the Gers 1-0 win over Inverness on Saturday afternoon.

Left-back Wallace played the full match as striker Martyn Waghorn scored the only goal of the game to secure a much-needed three points at Ibrox.

The win for the home side, their fourth in a row in the Scottish Premiership, meant the second-placed team opened up a seven-point gap on third-placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership table.

After the game former Brentford manager Warburton had this to say about Wallace.

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“We have to see how he is. We thought it was an impact injury from the corner,” said Warburton, as quoted by BBC Sport. “He got a bang going for the ball. We will see how he presents later on this evening but hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”

Warburton’s side take on St. Johnstone on Wednesday evening, before an eagerly anticipated Old Firm derby on Friday.

Defender Wallace will be hoping to be fit for that fixture as he has played 24 games in all competitions for the Ibrox club this season, scoring one goal and supplying six assists.

Brendan Rodgers’ men are unbeaten in all domestic competitions this term, following their 3-0 win at Hamilton on Saturday.

The Bhoys have inflicted two defeats on their bitter rivals this season, first a 5-1 thrashing in the SPL, before knocking them out of the Scottish League Cup.

Celtic are 14 points clear at the top of the SPL, with a game in hand of their rivals, but Rangers could narrow that big lead with a win in the derby.

In other Rangers team news, supporters on Twitter were impressed with Wes Foderingham after he kept a clean sheet against Inverness.