Decision to be made on Kieran Dowell and Nicolas Raskin for St Mirren clash as Michael Beale shares Rangers injury news
Rangers boss Michael Beale has shared there’s a “half-chance” that Kieran Dowell and Nicolas Raskin could return to the team by the time they play St Mirren on Sunday 8 October.
Speaking after Rangers’ 4-0 win over Livingston (via Joshua Barrie, 27 September) in the Scottish ViaPlay League Cup tie, Beale shared that a “call” will be made on their fitness at a later date.
Dowell has been out for over a month with a knee injury, while Belgian under-21 international Raskin has been out with a calf injury and there’s a chance they could both return against St Mirren next weekend.
Beale said: “Half chance we might see Kieran and Raskin by the time we play St Mirren.
“Call will be made on that at a later date.”
The Gers have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks, with winger Rabbi Matondo the latest to join the long Ibrox injury treatment table after suffering a knee injury against Motherwell which could keep him out for the next six weeks.
Before that, Beale had Raskin, Dowell, Danilo, Tom Lawrence and Todd Cantwell all out of action but it seems as though the Light Blues will certainly be boosted by the likely returns of the former two.
Cantwell and Dowell have been out of action since the international break, Lawrence suffered an injury in the win over Real Betis, while Danilo is recovering from the fractured eye socket blow he suffered scoring in the 2-0 win over St Johnstone.
Wednesday’s win over Livingston was the club’s fourth in a row and their fourth consecutive clean sheet, at such a crucial time too, after all the severe pressure Beale had been under and the injuries certainly would not have helped matters.
However, credit must be due to the players for stepping up in recent matches despite the worrying injury situation and should Rangers keep up this form with a win over Aberdeen on Saturday (30 September), and without any new injury worries then they can certainly look forward to the St Mirren test with Raskin and Dowell potentially back.
A consistent title hopeful or winner always finds ways to win and perform well even in tough circumstances such as recurring injuries.
It’s a long way till Rangers reach that level consistently again but their recent form certainly shows they’re on the right path.
In other Rangers news, the club have held talks with an Ibrox star’s representatives over new contract.