Alan Douglas moots 'superhero-style' Rangers comeback for Danilo v Hibernian
Alan Douglas has mooted Danilo’s return to the Rangers squad following his “horror” cheekbone injury last month.
Writing in the print edition of the Scottish Daily Mail (19 October, pg 69), Douglas admitted that he did not know if the Brazilian would play in Philippe Clement’s debut Ibrox fixture against Hibernian on Saturday (21 October), but noted Rangers’ need for a “superhero”.
Danilo has been sidelined for a month following his injury but could be in contention after returning to full training donning a “striking” mask.
Douglas wrote: “Long-suffering Rangers fans probably feel like their team’s been in need of a superhero since they slipped seven points behind fierce rivals Celtic in the Premiership.
“Brazilian forward Danilo looked ready to answer the call this week when he returned to training wearing a striking blue mask following the horror cheekbone fracture he sustained last month.
“Whether Danilo makes a superhero-style comeback in time for Clement’s first game in charge against visitors Hibernian on Saturday remains to be seen.”
Danilo seems to be something of a forgotten man at Ibrox this season.
He made quite an impressive start before his injury, and his spell away from action saw him miss the worst of the Michael Beale era at the club meaning he was spared from much of the outrage from the terraces.
Rangers fans have yet to see the best of Danilo, but they can say that about the rest of the summer recruits. The Brazilian has the chance to announce himself in a new era for the club, and his impressive start suggests he could be a difference-maker.
His minutes were sporadic, making just four starts in 10 since his arrival. Per Transfermarkt, Danilo scored three goals in 378 minutes of football for the Gers this season – a relatively impressive goals-to-minute rate. If he could replicate this under Clement, then the Belgian will have a much better chance of success in Glasgow.
Clement will be eager to put his stamp on the starting lineup, and Danilo will be eager to impress after missing so much game time.
Danilo was perhaps the most exciting summer deal for Rangers, so his early absence was a bitter pill to swallow for fans, but also Beale who could have done with his ability before his departure.
While Clement may not risk rushing the 24-year-old back into the starting lineup, the former PSV Eindhoven man could finally make another appearance