By Ray Livingstone

3rd Dec, 2019 | 9:31am

Ibrox View: Rangers will get huge cup final boost if 21y/o missing

Rangers have a massive chance to win their first silverware of the Steven Gerrard era on Sunday when they take on rivals Celtic in the League Cup final. 

The two sides are locked neck and neck at the top of the Premiership with another round of fixtures to go on Wednesday night.

Rangers have the toughest test away at Aberdeen but they’ve already beaten the Dons 5-0 at Ibrox and have a full squad to choose from.

Celtic, by contrast, are missing star striker Odsonne Edouard and it would be a huge blow to them if he wasn’t fit for Sunday.

The striker is their second-top scorer with 13 goals, behind Ryan Christie on 15 – both a long way behind Alfredo Morelos with 25.

But there’s no doubt that he is their main threat. In his absence, Neil Lennon has been playing Lewis Morgan who has scored two goals this season, and Leigh Griffiths is close to full fitness – he’s scored two this season.

Talking to the BBC after the win against Ross County – which Edouard missed – Lennon was asked if his striker would be back for the cup final.

“I can’t pinpoint when he’ll be back,” Lennon said.

“We have to soldier on without him at the minute and we’ll see how he is as the week goes on. We’re taking it day by day.”

That doesn’t sound hopeful and his absence on Sunday would make a Rangers victory that much more likely.

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