Light Blues manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has confirmed that central defender Ben Davies will not be available for selection against Ajax at Ibrox in their final match of the group stages.
He joins Ridvan Yilmaz on the sidelines after the Turkey international had already been ruled out for a couple of weeks after the 4-1 win over Aberdeen at the weekend.
Joshua Barrie Tweeted: “Giovanni van Bronckhorst says Glen Kamara is back for tomorrow. Ridvan Yilmaz and Ben Davies are unavailable. Yilmaz will be “several weeks”, Davies will “hopefully” be involved at the weekend but tomorrow is too soon.”
This latest injury blow is a big one and should leave the Gers head coach frustrated as his luck in terms of the availability of his centre-back options has been horrendous this season.
Filip Helander, John Souttar, and Connor Goldson are all currently out injured and are all projected to be out of action until December at the earliest.
Helander has been out since April and is set to miss 41 competitive matches in total, whilst Souttar has been injured since the first game of the campaign and looks set to be absent for 28 games. Goldson, however, is a more recent issue and he is predicted to be back towards the end of January, which will see him out for 18 fixtures.
Davies has now joined them on the treatment table, albeit just for this clash with Ajax, and this has left van Bronckhorst with almost no choice on who he can pick at centre-back.
Academy product Leon King and versatile USA international James Sands are his only recognisable central defensive options for this game, with John Lundstram – who has played there in the past – unavailable through suspension.
This means that any issues for either of them against Ajax will leave van Bronckhorst in more than a spot of bother, particularly with Yilmaz also out injured as he would not be able to slot a senior full-back into the middle.
Losing Davies will also be gutting as he has been in fine form in the Premiership. The former Liverpool man has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.96 in six top-flight outings, whilst winning an eye-catching 82% of his ground duels – showing that he has dominated opposition forwards on the deck.
Therefore, the head coach will be cursing his luck as he will be without a quality centre-back and his options in that position are down to the bare bones.