By Anthony Onifade

19th May, 2023 | 1:55pm

Rangers injury news as Conor Goldson a doubt for Hibernian clash - Michael Beale

Michael Beale has revealed Rangers defender Conor Goldson is a doubt for Sunday’s Scottish Premier League clash against Hibernian at Easter Road [21 May].

The veteran defender has proven a crucial figure at the heart of the Gers back-line throughout Beale’s tenure and once again showcased his tremendous qualities and importance to the team with an assured performance in their 3-0 win over Celtic [13 May].

However, Goldson has been confirmed to have left that game with an unspecified injury and could miss Sunday’s game against a Hibs side looking to secure a top-four finish.

Speaking ahead of the game in his press conference [via Rangers official Twitter page, 19 May], Beale confirmed doubts over Goldson’s fitness but provided a welcome boost with no other fresh injuries to contend with in his squad.

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We’ve seen in the recent past how lacklustre Rangers have been without Goldson’s presence at the back, with both Ben Davies and John Souttar giving away cheap goals through terrible and needless errors in defence.

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Despite his crucial importance to the team and Beale, Goldson’s recurring injury troubles are a worrying them for the Light Blues.

With the club seeking to revamp the whole squad ahead of a major assault on Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title, the former QPR boss is desperately going to need players he can soundly rely on and that could prove damaging for Goldson.

Rangers must consider signing a durable and quality replacement because the 30-year-old isn’t getting any young and doesn’t seem to be getting any fitter either.

Can Goldson play throughout a 40+ game season without niggling injuries? Certainly not, which means Beale will be incredibly smart to start seeking out long-term replacements for next season, but also a player capable of immediately coming in and providing a swift impact.

Right now, Beale’s centre-back options look weak when Goldson isn’t there. It’s got to be improved as a priority.

In other Rangers news, one Gers ace will leave and likely move abroad because he isn’t getting enough game time to warrant staying, according to Peter Grant.