By Doug Ward

16th Sep, 2022 | 2:34pm

Journalist explains why Roy Makaay has missed recent Rangers fixtures

Roy Makaay has missed Rangers’ recent fixtures due to a “family health issue”, according to Rangers Review journalist Derek Clark.

Writing via his personal Twitter account, Clarke reported that the club are hoping Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s assistant manager is able to return soon.

Makaay’s absence in recent matches has been noticed by some fans but it seems that the former Netherlands striker has been nowhere to be seen due to personal matters.

Clark, who also works for talkSPORT, wrote: “For those asking about Roy Makaay, I’m told he is dealing with a family health issue. The club are all supporting him and hope to welcome him back soon.”

All the best, Roy

There are some eagle-eye Rangers fans out there and very little gets past them.

Not only was it noted that he wasn’t in the dug-out for the Champions League games against Ajax and Napoli but also he wasn’t in the image of the tweet below here a minute’s silence was held in memory of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

We wish Makaay all the best and hope that whatever issues he’s facing come to a positive conclusion.

Right now, it’s more important for him to be elsewhere but once he’s back at Auchenhowie, the side really needs him because the last few games have been horrible to endure.

We’ve conceded 11 goals and scored none of our own in the last three games.

However, the performance against Napoli was reassuring, at least until James Sands’ red card led to the floodgates opening and the Italians netting three times.

Rangers did show they can bounce back from this rut.

Let’s hope Makaay is back in the dug-out on Saturday for the game with Dundee United.

If not, we’ll hopefully see him after the international break.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson is raging at this “spectacular failure” at Ibrox.