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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers are missing top players through injuries at this moment with the likes of Ryan Jack still sidelined.
James Tavernier and Leon Balogun are also currently ruled out as the Bears prepare for a big Old Firm clash with Celtic on Sunday afternoon.
McLeish admitted that these issues affect every club around the world, insisting that Pep Guardiola wouldn’t have spent £2billion throughout his career if not.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Personnel is always the problem for any manager.
“When you lose your top personnel, let’s face it, Pep Guardiola wouldn’t have spent £2billion during his time to buy the best players.
“Gerrard has forced through these younger players into good technical players now, and Jack has been around awhile. He was turned into a top holding midfielder.
“Sadly, his injuries have really affected him and Rangers.”
It isn’t as hard for the likes of Guardiola, who often just buy new players to increase their squad depth every single transfer window.
As for Steven Gerrard, he has had to use his expertise to improve the likes of Nathan Patterson and talents from the academy to help his rotation.
Thankfully, we have done that brilliantly, and Patterson’s performances during the absence of Tavernier has proven just that.
McLeish makes a great point, Jack has been a big loss, but we have more than enough strength to hopefully not let that become too much of an issue.