BBC Scotland pundit stunned by 'horrendous' incident in Rangers win v St Johnstone as Sportscene air footage
Neil McCann has been left stunned by the “horrendous” clash of heads between Danilo and Liam Gordon, during Rangers’ 2-0 win over St Johnstone.
Michael Beale’s side got their campaign back on track on Saturday (16 September) following a disappointing start to the season, with former Feyenoord forward Danilo getting his second goal of the campaign with an excellent header in the early stages of the first half.
But in scoring the opener, the Brazilian clashed heads with St Johnstone defender Gordon, seeing both players forced off with serious head injuries, with the Gers’ forward later admitted to hospital with a suspected compound fracture.
Speaking on Sportscene on Saturday (16 September, 1:09:00), McCann was shocked by the collision, saying: “I feel sorry for the boy because it’s been a tough start to his Rangers career. Playing up top on his own today, it’s a great ball from James Tavernier first and foremost, but that is a really brilliant header.
“He takes a really bad one, accidental I might add from big Liam Gordon there, and he’s come off second best. The sad thing is for Rangers and Danilo is that he’s going to be missing. He’ll have to get the old Zoro mask on when he comes back from that if he’s brave enough.
“But you can see there, that is a horrendous piece of luck for the boy, really sad.”
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Luck has not been on the side of Rangers this season, although it doesn’t always feel as though Beale’s side have exactly created their own good fortune, but there was so little Danilo or anyone involved in the collision could have done.
The 24-year-old looked to have started to find his feet in a blue shirt and the actual header to open the scoring was incredible, offering fans a glimpse at why he was signed for such a big fee this summer and it is so unfortunate that will likely be the last time we see Danilo for a while.
Beale needs a consistent striker to keep him in the job at Ibrox and so far this season, the Brazilian has looked the most likely of any of the new additions to provide a source of goals, despite his incredibly erratic finishing in the early stages of his Rangers’ career.
Hopefully, for Beale’s sake as much as Danilo’s, he won’t be out for too long and can kick on following the good display in Perth to really get his Ibrox career up and running. If he can put away crosses from Tavernier in that fashion most weeks, he will likely be a very good striker for the Light Blues.
In other Rangers news, stats have revealed just how ineffective the Gers’ frontline has been this season