Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Jermain Defoe will miss tomorrow’s season opener against Aberdeen with a hamstring injury.
The 37-year-old picked up the problem in the 4-0 friendly win against Motherwell last week and no timeframe has been given for his return to action.
Defoe’s absence has taken on added importance with the future of Alfredo Morelos up in the air, but Gerrard has said that the Colombian international is in the right frame of mind to play at Pittodrie despite reports linking him with a switch to Lille.
The Light Blues’ only other injury absentee is veteran midfielder Steven Davis. The Northern Ireland international picked up a minor issue in training and he won’t be available tomorrow.
However, Gerrard did say that the 35-year-old is expected to be fit when the Gers fly out to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League tie next Thursday evening.