Rangers attacker Todd Cantwell will be out for weeks after picking up a costly injury in his side’s defeat to Celtic.
The latest blow to the Ibrox outfit was confirmed on Friday by their under-fire boss Michael Beale.
“Unfortunately Todd Cantwell will miss probably the next three or four games, as a result of the challenge at the end of the game,” he told the media. (Rangers)
Given that Cantwell had been clattered by a terrific Odin Thiago Holm challenge in the final seconds of the match, many Celtic supporters took Beale’s comments to mean that the Norwegian had been the one to inflict the damage on the former Norwich City man.
However, Beale was asked again about Cantwell’s injury later in his press conference and shared: “It was a problem with his knee in a challenge that he had at the end of the game.
“He played on after that. We had to send him for a scan. The initial diagnosis was four weeks.”
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Given that Holm’s challenge happened immediately before the full-time whistle, it must have been an earlier injury for him to be able to “play on”.
And as Celtic supporter @Slimshady1961 pointed out on Twitter, it turns out Cantwell was left in agony after a firm but fair challenge from Hoops star Daizen Maeda.
The footage posted is taken from the ‘LMC Vlogs’ review of the match. It’s an enjoyable watch with the incident in question arriving at 11:22 onwards. (LMC Vlogs)
The vlog captures Maeda standing up after the 50/50, and stepping over Cantwell who is writhing in pain. While we’d never wish injury on anyone, the tackle was a fair one from Maeda.
Cantwell was simply unfortunate but we just love Maeda’s no mercy approach. It typified Celtic’s attitude that day.