By Peter Lynch

19th Sep, 2023 | 2:10pm

Rangers hit by ‘real blow’ after Todd Cantwell injury, Ibrox ace ‘dares to be different’

Rangers have been dealt a “real blow” with the injury to Todd Cantwell, according to Daily Record journalist David McCarthy.

The midfielder picked up a knock in the closing minutes of the 1-0 loss to Celtic earlier this month [Daily Record, 15 September].

Cantwell has made 28 appearances for the Scottish outfit since joining from Norwich City in the January transfer window.

“The loss of Todd Cantwell for a month or so is a real blow,” McCarthy wrote for the Daily Record. “The ex-Norwich man may split opinion but is there another Rangers player who tries to provide a spark, an injection of personality into the team? 

“For me, too many of them play safe. Cantwell dares to be different and he will be missed.”

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Not all of Michael Beale’s signings at Rangers have worked out well, but Cantwell is definitely one that has. The 25-year-old is a fan favourite at Ibrox, having registered totals of six goals and six assists from his 28 appearances for the club so far.

But the playmaker is much more than goals and assists, with his presence on the pitch undoubtedly lifting those around him, both on the pitch and in the stands at Ibrox.

His injury is definitely a huge blow, and comes at an unfortunate time given the huge pressure that Beale is currently under.

And unfortunately for the man in the Rangers dugout, things aren’t going to get any easier, with the Scottish club meeting Spanish side Real Betis up next.

The La Liga outfit make the trip to Ibrox on Thursday (21 September) as both clubs look to get their Europa League group stage campaigns off with a win.

In other Rangers news, a BBC journalist was wowed by one Gers ace after his Man of the Match display against St Johnstone.