Gary McAllister has revealed the latest set of injury news as Rangers prepare to face Livingston for a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.
GM: Brandon Barker has an issue with his toe, it’s great to see Kent and Jones starting to move again. They won’t be rushed but they are improving.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 24, 2019
Speaking in the pre-match press conference (via the club’s official Twitter account), Steven Gerrard’s assistant manager provided updates on three of the Gers’ wing options.
Brandon Barker is unavailable for the trip to Tony Macaroni Arena with a toe injury, whilst McAllister revealed both Jones and Kent were making improvements, although stressed that they would not be rushed into making a return.
There will likely be some joy, but also some disappointment, regarding the latest injury update from McAllister on Rangers’ wingers as Barker would have had the ideal opportunity to get some more minutes under his belt.
Since completing a move from Manchester City this summer, Gerrard has eased the 22-year-old into proceedings with the Ibrox outfit as he has made just three appearances across all competitions and is yet to complete 90 minutes for the Gers.
In fact, the showdown against Livingston could have been perfect for Barker to gain confidence (should he require any) as he found the back of the net the last time the two sides met almost a fortnight ago (Transfermarkt).
Indeed, the news that Kent and Jones are making improvements from their injuries is encouraging news, although McAllister did not appear to share too much information regarding their current status.
Whether it be last season in regards to the former Liverpool man, or this year for the Northern Ireland international, both have been relatively important to Gerrard’s set-up and it will likely provide them with a boost when they do make their return to the pitch.
A bit of a mixed bag when it comes to the latest injury report, but it does not appear to be a hugely negative one in the grand scheme of things.
As mentioned, it seems to be positive news regarding the likes of Kent and Jones, whilst Barker’s toe injury should not mean he faces too long on the sidelines himself either.
The 22-year-old may be disappointed that he will not get his chance to face Livingston again, but his loss could be Greg Stewart’s gain – as he is a player who certainly needs minutes in Gerrard’s set-up.
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