20-year-old academy graduate Ross McCrorie has said Rangers cannot use the current spate of injuries at the club as an excuse when it comes to the Old Firm this weekend against Celtic.
As manager Steven Gerrard continues his plans for the game as we look to take all three points at Ibrox and start rebalancing the recent record of results, centre-half Connor Goldson is classed as a doubt after he limped off against Hibernian in our Boxing Day draw, and Gareth McAuley, Ryan Kent and Scott Arfield will also be assessed late on.
Left-back Borna Barisic has already been ruled out of the game and we continue to have Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy missing with their long-term issues.
With no wins in the last 12 meetings, McCrorie told Sky Sports that we simply had to focus on ourselves for the match and in knowing we have the quality in the group, there was nothing that could be leaned on to excuse anything but our best.
“The injuries aren’t an excuse. We’ve got a good enough squad and good enough players here to go put on a performance against Celtic, so we will just see what happens at the weekend. We’re just going to play our own game and focus on ourselves. Obviously we’ll do our analysis on Celtic but after that we’ll see what happens.”
McCrorie also echoed Gerrard’s words that it was a ‘must win’ game irrespective of our placing in the table and I’m sure fans will be pleased with what he had to say and his choice of words in the full interview, but it’s a results business and it’s obvious to everyone that we need an additional option up top so it’s over to the club to provide that during the January transfer window.