Rangers captain James Tavernier has had to resort to wearing a protective boot to help an ankle injury, just days before Celtic are due to visit Ibrox this weekend, The Daily Record report.

The paper say that coaches have concerns about his ability to play against Bayer Leverkusen this Thursday, taking measures to try and reduce swelling as much as possible after he missed out on playing Ross County at the weekend.

That surely means he is also a doubt for the weekend when Neil Lennon’s team make the short trip across Glasgow with the mission of striking another damaging blow on Steven Gerrard’s team.

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It’s said that Ryan Jack is also nursing an injury, but is more likely than Tavernier to make their Europa League fixture.

Celtic are currently 13 points ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and have a full week of rest before the derby clash, in stark contrast to an already beleaguered looking Rangers.

Tavernier has been a key player for the Ibrox boss so far this season, making 44 starts from 52 matches. Only Connor Goldson and Allan McGregor have started more matches since last summer.

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Although he’s become something of a joke figure amongst Celtic supporters, his absence would certainly throw a spanner into the Rangers works.

Gerrard had to resort to using the little-seen Matt Polster in the Highlands at the weekend.

James Tavernier in action against Celtic

James Tavernier in action against Celtic / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Ultimately success for Celtic will come based on how we approach the game and play to our strengths, rather than the weaknesses the Ibrox side may have heading into the encounter.

The last two performances against them were not at the standard we need this weekend.

However, we know full well we have the talent capable of punishing them in a derby scenario with players such as Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, Callum McGregor and Fraser Forster all playing well against them in the past, amongst others.

Hopefully this weekend we can really turn up the heat on their faltering season with a strong performance.

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