Glasgow Rangers midfielder Lassana Coulibaly is out of the FC Ufa match due to his thigh injury, which has come with complications, according to the Daily Record.
The loanee has become my favourite midfield player at the club and in my opinion, is one of the first names in the Gers starting X1.
Coulibaly’s injury is worse than first thought and might even keep him out of the electrifying Celtic v Rangers match on Sunday, according to the report.
With the gifted midfielder force to watch the game with his binoculars from the stands, Gers manager Steven Gerrard has a team selection decision to make.
The Ibrox physio and doctor are doing everything possible to get him back quickly and safely, but it’s taking time to heal properly.
This is a major blow for Gerrard, who knows how important Coulibaly has become to his team, but he cannot play when he is not 100%.
Why are Rangers not carrying any luck?
Rangers are unlucky at the moment with several bad refereeing decisions, two exceedingly late goals against in the dying minutes, and ill-timed injuries.
Bad refereeing decisions
Alfredo Morelos was ordered off in the 11th minute against Aberdeen in the first league game of the season. Rangers down to 10 men for 83 minutes.
Days later, the red card is rescinded, and Aberdeen score in the 93rd minute.
Kilmarnock v Rangers in the Betfred Cup. The Ibrox club score through Morelos. No they don’t. The goal was never given, even though the whole ball was over the line.
The referee’s assistant was undecided, even though he was in the perfect position to see. TV evidence proved it should have counted – unlucky or what!
Against St Mirren, Rangers defender Ross McCrorie was ordered off in the first half. The referee red carded him for being the last man, and stopping a goal-scoring opportunity.
TV evidence showed Conner Goldson and Allan McGregor were both about to challenge the forward, therefore a yellow card would have sufficed.
McCrorie was suspended for the Fir Park game with Coulibaly still injured – unlucky again.
Unlucky or careless?
Losing four points in two matches was unlucky but also careless by Rangers. The 93rd minute goal at Pittodrie was massively unfortunate having played so long a man down.
The next one at Motherwell came even later in the 94th minute of added time, but careless defending didn’t help Rangers – no luck again.