Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has announced that Filip Helander and Scott Arfield are likely to be injured for the rest of the season.
Arfield missed out against St. Johnstone with what was believed to be a knock, but his injury now appears to be more serious.
Helander hobbled off in extra time in the Scottish Cup clash with what appeared to be a muscle injury.
🎙️ SG: Fil Helander and Scott Arfield are likely missing for the remainder of the season.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 30, 2021
In his Celtic pre-match press conference, Gerrard said, “Filip Helander and Scott Arfield are likely missing for the remainder of the season.”
Time to experiment?
Helander has been ever-present at the back this season and Arfield often features when he is fit, so their absence gives an opportunity to fringe players.
Jack Simpson started against St. Johnstone last time out and he could finally earn his first regular run in the team since signing in January.
Gerrard has a number of midfielders to choose from, fortunately, so we are likely to see Steven Davis and Glen Kamara continue in midfield.
However, Stevie G could drop Joe Aribo into the middle and hand more game time to Scott Wright, who has not started since he scored against St. Johnstone in the recent league match.
The cup exit means these injuries should not hinder us too much, and we hope they take the time to recover properly ahead of pre-season.
Ryan Jack is another long-term injury who must look after his body over the next few weeks and months.
All three will be key to defending our title and for our chances of competing in the Champions League next season.
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