By Pranav Shahaney

25th Aug, 2021 | 10:21am

Rangers handed major blow ahead of Alashkert tie

Rangers have been dealt a major blow ahead of the second leg against Alashkert and the weekend’s Old Firm derby due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

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

While they did not detail how many, The Daily Record claim that at least two players have contracted the virus and will thus be ruled out of the games.

Suspended Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram are also unavailable for the Alashkert game, but should be available for the Celtic tie at the weekend should they not have tested positive.

Spanner in the works

Just as we started to go on a run of wins, this had to happen, derailing our plans.

Should Roofe and Lundstram not have tested positive, we’re without four players for the Alashkert tie and there could be more who contract it in the coming days as the report says there are concerns of that being a possibility.

Hopefully, it is not too bad, but this is set to affect our training routines and it could have damaging effects in the long run.

We’re estimated to rake in £20million from merely qualifying for the Europa League so it will be a major blow if we are to relinquish our 1-0 victory and capitulate in the second leg against Alashkert.

We’re hoping to gain clarity on the situation in the coming hours, but things are not seeming too good as things stand.

Missing four players is tolerable, but if the number is closer to double digits it would be difficult for Steven Gerrard to field a competitive side.

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