Rangers will take on St. Johnstone in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday, January 21st at McDiarmid Park. Who will the Gers be able to call upon?
Currently, Rangers have an extensive injury list. Several of the injuries on the list are long term, giving manager Michael Beale plenty to consider.
For the game against St. Johnstone, Rangers could be without nine of their senior team players. The latest addition to the list, Kemar Roofe, could miss ‘weeks [or] months’ due to a shoulder injury. As such, he won’t be available for selection in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
Not all the injuries on the list carry bad news with them, however. A group of players could make their return from injury for the game on Saturday – the most notable of which being Ianis Hagi, who has been out for just under a year with a knee injury.
Additionally, John Souttar and Antonio Colak could also return to the squad following their respective injuries. Unfortunately, this is where the good news ends.
Ex Manchester United man Tom Lawrence, one of Rangers’ star summer signings, still has no set return date after being ruled out of action all the way back in August. Ridvan Yilmaz isn’t expected to return until February, while Filip Helander will remain sidelined until March.
On top of this, Steven Davis will be out for the season with an ACL injury that he suffered last month. Nnamdi Ofoborh will also be unavailable, as he has been for over a year and a half due to his reported heart problems.
Rangers are the current holders of the Scottish Cup, having beaten Hearts in the final last year. Meanwhile, St. Johnstone won the cup the previous year, as they defeated Hibernian in the final setting the scene for a cracking Cup clash.