Glasgow Rangers are sweating on the fitness of defender Borna Barisic with less than a week to go before they take on Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, reports The Daily Record.
The 26-year-old Gers man picked up a leg injury while on international duty with Croatia, who suffered a surprise Euro 2020 qualifier defeat to Hungary on Sunday (March 24).
Making just his sixth appearance for his country, Rangers wideman Barisic lasted less than half an hour before being forced to make an early exit.
Full details of the problem have not been revealed with Rangers expected to treat the player upon his return to Scotland and confirm how long he may be out of action for – with the grudge game against Celtic on the horizon.
Barisic, a summer signing from NK Osijek, has made 15 league appearances this season and become an established part of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard’s defence.
In his absence, the Gers have only Lee Wallace available as a specialist left-back with Gareth McAuley and Jon Flanagan capable of filling in.
However, Gerrard has preferred to play Andy Halliday in the position, most recently against Hibernian, and could choose to do the same again.
Barisic played in the first Old Firm league encounter of the season, when Celtic ran out 1-0 winners but was not involved when Rangers prevailed in their last meeting in December.
The Gers are 10 points behind their fierce rivals and are running out of time to close the gap at the top of the table.
Barisic’s injury means that Gerrard may be unable to pick his preferred Rangers starting line-up and will be keeping his fingers crossed that no other players pick up injuries between now and Sunday afternoon’s game with Celtic.