Steven Gerrard reveals one player is a doubt ahead of Celtic v Rangers clash

Steven Gerrard has revealed that most of his Rangers squad came through Thursday night’s Europa League defeat by Slavia Prague unscathed, but he has concerns over one starting player ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm clash.

Injury doubt: Nathan Patterson
Injury doubt: Nathan Patterson

Speaking to the media on Friday morning the Ibrox boss revealed that defender Nathan Patterson, who has been starting ahead of injured captain James Tavernier in the right-back berth, is a doubt for Sunday’s meeting at Celtic Park after picking up a knock.

Gerrard said: “You don't have to get players up for an Old Firm [match], it is a huge fixture and on the back of a European disappointment we want to bounce back with a positive result.

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"Nathan Patterson is a doubt after receiving a kick in the calf area yesterday. No other fresh injury news following last night.”

Ryan Jack must also be considered doubtful for the short trip to Parkhead. The midfielder hasn’t featured for the Light Blues since February 21 and despite Gerrard remaining hopeful that the Scotland internationalist could be involved in last night’s match, he missed out and it would likely be a big ask to throw him into an Old Firm game after a month on the sidelines.

With Patterson possibly joining Tavernier, Jack, and Nikola Katic on the treatment table, Leon Balogun – who was sent off against Slavia – may be tasked with filling in at right back, with Filip Helander partnering Connor Goldson in central defence for the meeting between the two Glasgow rivals.

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