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Rangers: Steven Davis and Filip Helander ruled out of Hibernian clash

Rangers: Steven Davis and Filip Helander ruled out of Hibernian clash - Rangers

Rangers will be without the services of Steven Davis and Filip Helander tonight as Steven Gerrard confirmed that neither player will be fit in time for the trip to Easter Road.

According to The Scottish Sun, the Northern Ireland midfielder could return next week but the Swedish defender will be out until the New Year.

Gerrard spoke to the media yesterday ahead of tonight’s clash away to Hibernian and The Scottish Sun quoted him as saying: “Davis is close but won’t be available tomorrow, he should return for Boxing Day. Helander is still out.”

Davis has not featured for Rangers since the foot injury he suffered in the trip to Aberdeen earlier this month.

In his absence, Scott Arfield has slotted into the centre of midfield, moving from the wide attacking role that he has had for most of the season to date. [via TransferMarkt]

The Canadian has performed commendably in Davis’ absence, with a strong display in last week’s draw against Young Boys.

His five shots in that game were the most of any Rangers player, while The Scottish Sun‘s Andy Devlin described him as “a bundle of energy in the middle of the park”. However, his one successful tackle on the night was well short of Davis’ season average of 2.6 per game.

Helander has also been carrying a foot injury which has seen him miss Rangers’ last two matches, prompting Nikola Katic to fill the void at centre-back.

The Croatian won one tackle and made one interception in the game against Young Boys, surpassing his Swedish team-mate’s match averages of 0.6 successful tackles and 0.8 interceptions.

Katic also came in for rave reviews from a lot of ‘Gers fans on Twitter following his display at Motherwell last Sunday, in which he scored and helped his team to keep a clean sheet, their sixth of the season with him in the side.

While Gerrard will probably be disappointed to again be without the services of Davis and Helander, both of whom have featured regularly for the ‘Gers this season, he has the comfort of knowing that he can rely on solid replacements for both of them.

Both Arfield and Katic have stepped up seamlessly over the last couple of games and should be trusted to pull their weight again in tonight’s clash at Hibernian.

Rangers fans, do you think Arfield and Katic have done well in the recent absences of Davis and Helander? Comment below with your views!

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