Steven Gerrard has been quoted by the Daily Record as saying that Rangers could be without Borna Barisic on Sunday afternoon as The Gers prepare to take on Celtic in the Betfred Cup final.
Rangers lost ground in the title race to Celtic on Wednesday night, as they failed to beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie while Celtic overcame Hamilton thanks to a 92nd-minute winner from Scott Brown.
Gerrard’s men had gone 2-0 up thanks to goals from Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack, but Aberdeen pegged them back. Now, all eyes are on Hampden Park ahead of Sunday’s final – which will be the second meeting of the two sides this season.
Celtic won the previous encounter 2-0 at Ibrox, and Gerrard has now admitted he could be without Croatia international Barisc for the match – who was sorely missed on Wednesday night at Pittodrie and was replaced by Jon Flanagan.
“Barisic is a doubt for Sunday. He was limping about yesterday,” Gerrard said. “He has been receiving treatment today but at the moment he is a doubt. He’s had three or four kicks on his foot and has bone bruising there.”
TBR’s view – Barisic in stunning form, big Rangers blow
If indeed the £2million signing (Mail) is sidelined, it will be a bitter blow for the Gers. Barisic has shown excatly why Gerrard wanted him this season, after a poor first campaign that was ravaged by injury.
He has managed 21 outings this term, scoring two goals for The Gers but more importantly laying on a huge 10 assists. Both full-backs Barisic and James Tavernier are proving lethal assets going forward, much like Gerrard’s former side Liverpool.
Barisic would have been one of the first names on the team sheet for Sunday, but Flanagan may have to deputise and that will be a big hit to Rangers’ chances of finally ending Celtic’s trophy run.