Despite Celtic’s recent Covid concerns, Rangers reportedly have an injury problem of their own ahead of next weekend’s Glasgow derby.
The Daily Record has reported that Swedish centre-back Filip Helander is a doubt for the Premiership clash on October 17th. This comes after he picked up an injury on international duty that they didn’t want to aggravate further.
The Record states that he’s dropped out of the Sweden squad, and is now an immediate concern for Parkhead.
Rangers haven’t had their troubles to seek with regards to the derby fixture. Borna Barisic limped off against Ross County at the weekend and is a doubt, whilst the Herald reports that Ryan Jack is unlikely to feature despite playing against County too.
Meanwhile, Leon Balogun, another Ibrox defender, has recently returned to action and has looked shaky too. Kemar Roofe also hasn’t played since their Europa League win against the Lincoln Red Imps.
Not just Celtic who have issues
With Odsonne Edouard highly doubtful for the derby and Ryan Christie already ruled out due to having to self-isolate, it appears that both sides are having real troubles in their preparation.
The game is already lining up to be a real scrap, with a real lack of preparation time for both sides due to the international fixtures this week.
However, it’s ideal for Celtic that Rangers have some concerns of their own. Regardless of how much we fancy ourselves, it doesn’t suit us to have major players out for the game whilst Rangers get to call on their best starting XI.
Their back-line is also difficult to predict given Steven Gerrard has mixed things up consistently this season. If Helander is out, it looks almost certain that they’ll go with Balogun and Connor Goldson at Parkhead. Considering the latter has had more bad games against us than good, you have to be happy with that.
All we can do now is hope that there are no further injury knocks ahead of the contest. At the very least, we need to put a team out that we’re comfortable with.