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Rangers must move on from Gareth McAuley after latest injury setback

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Rangers must move on from Gareth McAuley after latest injury setback

Gareth McAuley has suffered a hamstring injury.

Rangers have a fresh injury concern to contend with as Gareth McAuley has picked up a knock.

Steven Gerrard confirmed in his press conference that McAuley is out of the Hibernian clash with a hamstring injury, the Rangers official Twitter account has confirmed.

McAuley picked up his hamstring injury during an in-house training match but Gerrard did not confirm how long he would be out for.

 

This is a frustrating setback for the Northern Ireland international, who has only played twice in 2019. And with only 10 games in total since his summer move to Rangers, McAuley’s time in Glasgow is surely running out.

The 39-year-old is coming towards the end of his career and each injury will be tougher to recover from.

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With his contract expiring next summer, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Gerrard will offer McAuley an extension.

The ex-West Brom centre-back turns 40 next season and his chances of making the first-team will be reduced as he gets older.

This latest injury setback just confirms the inevitable: Rangers need to start looking for younger McAuley replacements at the end of the season.

With Joe Worrall’s loan spell coming to an end too, Gerrard might be in the market for two new centre-backs when the summer window opens.

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