The latest injury news to midfielder Scott Arfield could tempt Rangers manager Steven Gerrard into some January transfer business.
For large periods of the season, the Gers have had to do without Ryan Jack and they could also be missing Arfield for Wednesday’s game against St Mirren.
Gary McAllister confirmed that the club are awaiting results on a scan for the Canadian midfielder after he suffered a knock during the win over Hibernian.
The injury is not believed to be serious, but it remains unfortunate none the less.
While Jack remains a long-term absentee, missing both players does leave Gerrard’s midfield options looking a little lighter.
Suddenly a stacked midfield could become very bleak if the injury woes continue in the middle of the park.
As things stand, Gerrard can call upon Joe Aribo, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Bogani Zungu as his options in the middle of the park.
Davis himself has confirmed that he is fit to face St Mirren in what is a timely boost for the Gers, but at the age of 35, he is going to need to be managed carefully through the second half of the season.
The best outcome for Rangers would be that Arfield’s injury is nothing more than a minor knock and he may only miss the St Mirren trip – but Gerrard himself revealed his concern during his post-match Hibernian comments.
Should that not be the case and a player like Davis also begins to struggle with the busy schedule, an extra body in the squad may not be the worst idea come January.
Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour has arguably been the standout name linked with a move to Ibrox in the new year, but that now looks unlikely to happen with Frank Lampard reaffirming his plans to include the Scot in his first-team squad.
Gerrard has played down any major January business at Rangers, but the current raft of injuries may force him to think twice about his squad options during the second half of the campaign.
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