Steven Gerrard has confirmed that two Rangers stars are struggling with injuries ahead of their upcoming Celtic clash.
Although Celtic have enjoyed a good run of games in recent weeks, stringing together five straight wins, they still find themselves 16 points behind the Rangers in the Premiership table. Thankfully, Neil Lennon’s side have played three games less, which is their only saving grace at the moment.
They have an opportunity to turn the momentum in their favour though when they take on Steven Gerrard’s on January 2nd. While the Rangers will be favourites going into the match, form goes out of the window in a Glasgow Derby.
Celtic will appreciate every bit of help that they can get at this point of time. And they might have been handed a boost in that regard with Gerrard confirming that both Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack are struggling with injuries.
As reported by The Glasgow Times, he said:
“I’m worried about it because Scott doesn’t come off the pitch in normal circumstances. He doesn’t normally ask for a physio to come on, he’s one who will just normally get up and go.
“He’s a brave kid so I’m concerned about it. We’ll assess it. He’s got ice on the ankle area but until it actually gets scanned and assessed properly I’ve got nothing for you unfortunately.
“We are having a few issues with Ryan Jack’s recovery and I’m frustrated with it. We don’t have a timeframe on his recovery. We need him back as he is an important player for us.”
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It would not be very surprising though if both end up starting on the day of the Glasgow Derby. After all, it would not be the first time that there have been whispers of injuries ahead of the fixture before the players end up magically recovering in time.
Just earlier this season, there were claims that upto six Rangers players could miss the highly-anticipated first Derby of the campaign, only for most of them to take part. Thus, it would be smart on the part of Celtic to just ignore all the noise coming out of Ibrox and prepare to take on a full-strength side.
A few things have thankfully been working for the Hoops recently. The introduction of Soro and Turnbull certainly has done wonders. While the duo of Edouard and Griffiths is also starting to look dangerous once again, with both of them finding the back of the net against Hamilton. A few more good performances and they could have some serious momentum on their side heading into January 2nd. Fingers crossed!