Leon Balogun is a doubt for Rangers’ game against Livingston after picking up a ‘quad issue’ which leaves the Gers light at right-back.
James Tavernier remains injured while Nathan Patterson’s availability is up in the air with an SFA ban almost certainly on its way.
Steven Gerrard spoke of Balogun’s injury ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Livingston as he faces a major selection headache.
🎙️ SG: Leon Balogun has a quad issue so will be a doubt for tomorrow.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 2, 2021
Specifically, Gerrard said, “Leon Balogun has a quad issue so will be a doubt for tomorrow.”
This is far from ideal for Gerrard as he looks to take one step closer to 55 with what should be a relatively straightforward win over Livingston.
The side has had almost a full week to recover after the second leg against Royal Antwerp so everyone should be raring to go but Gerrard will be concerned about his right-back area.
Tavernier remains sidelined so will Gerrard opt to play Patterson despite a ban from the SFA being inevitable?
He may not have a choice unless he wants to shoehorn one of his other defenders into a position they are not comfortable with.
Though, Gerrard had no problems with playing Patterson in Europe and he was very impressive off the bench so the Gers boss may just start the youngster as he doesn’t have a lot of options.
It will be interesting to see what Gerrard does with his term on Wednesday and we hope Balogun returns as soon as possible with vital games on the horizon.
We need our defence ready to go for these crunch games against Slavia Prague and not having a right-back available would knock our chances considerably.