By Pranav Shahaney

25th Aug, 2021 | 2:39pm

James Tavernier set to miss Alashkert and Celtic games after contracting Covid

James Tavernier is expected to miss at least two games for Rangers after contracting Covid-19, according to a report by Vital Rangers.

Via an official club statement, the Glasgow outfit confirmed that there were positive cases at the club.

The Daily Record later reported that at least two players tested positive with others being at risk of contracting it.

Massive blow

It is unfortunate to see players miss games and not having the captain to count on would be a massive loss.

As all the players who’ve contracted it have not been mentioned, there are no guarantees that Nathan Patterson would be available for both games.

This could have a vital impact on Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side as the next two games are arguably the most important ones of the season.

A loss against Alashkert, if it’s by more than a goal, will send the Glasgow giants out of the Europa League, while a loss to Celtic would not only affect their pride but give their rivals the upper hand at winning the league title.

There is a lot riding on these two games and Gerrard would be regretting not being able to call upon the services of Tavernier.

The 29-year-old has been referred to as “tremendous” by Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker during Gers’ clash against Dundee United on August 7.

Fans will surely be hoping to have him back in action as soon as possible, but he will miss the next two.

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