Rangers came through their Europa League semi-final first leg clash on Thursday night with no fresh injury concerns, as confirmed by manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Gers’ crunch Glasgow derby clash today.
The 47-year-old stated in his press conference on Friday that “it’s still too early to say” regarding who will play against the Light Blues’ local arch-rivals, but he outlined that there are no fresh injuries from the European clash in Germany.
This will give the manager a big lift, especially when it is a must-win tie for Rangers in the race for the Premiership title.
Rangers face a tough assignment against Celtic at Parkhead, especially with a few big hitters out injured for the clash.
Alfredo Morelos was already ruled out for the rest of the season with injury, and both Kemar Roofe and Aaron Ramsey won’t be ready for another week as Van Bronckhorst aims to reshuffle his pack following a tight match in Germany on Thursday night.
With those absentees in mind, it will come as a boost to the Dutchman, and indeed to the Ibrox fan base, that he has no new injury concerns to report ahead of a potentially season-defining clash today.
There are still plenty of key players ready to go, with Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and Fashion Sakala expected to lead the frontline. They will need to be at their peak in order to get something off a relentless Celtic side, although the Gers defeated them in the Scottish Cup semi-final two weeks ago in extra time.
That could give the Light Blues a psychological edge going into what is, in no uncertain terms, a must-win clash for Van Bronckhorst and co.
There won’t be any extra time today, of course, so it is vital that Rangers get off to a strong start and pressurise Celtic from the off if they are to have any realistic chance of securing all three points. If they don’t, then they can say goodbye to the league title.