Steven Gerrard has confirmed James Tavernier, Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe will miss Rangers versus St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Gerrard added that Leon Balogun is available again, boosting the Light Blues’ defensive options ahead of what could be their final match at Ibrox before they’re officially crowned as Premiership champions.
“Balogun returns to the squad. Roofe and Jack are on-course to return to training after the weekend, Tavernier will be a bit longer,” said Gerrard, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.
🎙️ SG: Balogun returns to the squad. Roofe and Jack are on-course to return to training after the weekend, Tavernier will be a bit longer.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 5, 2021
Four more points
Rangers have been champions-elect for quite a while now but if they win against St Mirren in Govan on Saturday, they will be one point away from confirming themselves as champions.
They can also become champions on Sunday if Celtic fail to win against Dundee United at Tannadice.
It’s a blow that Roofe, Jack and Tavernier won’t be on the pitch against St Mirren to help out this weekend but having Balogun back is good news.
It’s unlikely he’ll start though.
The Nigeria international struggled at right-back against Royal Antwerp last week while Nathan Patterson has done well in that position in the last match and a half.
Gerrard seems to have settled on Connor Goldson and Filip Helander as his first-choice centre-back pairing so Balogun’s only likely to return to the bench.
He might get a run out if Gerrard wants to ease him back into the team after a short stint out with an injury but it’s perhaps best to not take any risks ahead of the Old Firm later this month.
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