Rangers boss Gerrard won’t gamble on Tavernier’s fitness ahead of Celtic Scottish Cup clash

STEVEN GERRARD received’t gamble on the health of James Tavernier forward of the Old Firm Scottish Cup conflict.

The Rangers captain is pushing for a comeback in opposition to Celtic as Gers go in quest of the Double.


Rangers boss Gerrard will not gamble on Tavernier’s healthCredit: Reuters

But with Nathan Patterson starring within the 2-1 win over Hibs, Gerrard isn’t ready to take pointless dangers.

Gerrard revealed: “James has once more had a great couple of days since we final spoke and he is pushing laborious to be concerned on the weekend

“We’ll solely do this if he’s prepared, we cannot drive that.

“He’s been out too lengthy for us to drive that.

Rangers skipper Tav is pushing for a return for Celtic Scottish Cup clash


Rangers skipper Tav is pushing for a return for Celtic Scottish Cup conflictCredit: PA

“He’ll have to indicate this week that there is extra development and get him out amongst the workforce sooner or later if he is to earn a spot within the squad.”

Patterson was excellent as objectives from Joe Arbio and Ryan Kent maintained Gers’ 100 per cent document at Ibrox this season.

The younger full again is going through a prolonged ban after a Covid breach with Rangers appealing the six game suspension dished out.

Celtic are seething the listening to received’t happen till April 20, leaving Patterson free to play in opposition to them.

Gerrard stated: “I’ve bought time to determine what workforce I’m going to play.

“I assumed Nathan was excellent in the present day. 

“If it wasn’t for Fil Helander I assumed he’d most likely have been in rivalry for man of the match.

Ryan Kent was on the scoresheet as Rangers extended their unbeaten league run


Ryan Kent was on the scoresheet as Rangers prolonged their unbeaten league runCredit: PA

“I used to be fascinated with that battle down our right-hand facet. I assumed Nathan was actually good. 

“I believe Doig is an effective participant once more with large potential.

“Both lads put in an actual robust shift, I assumed Nathan simply edged it I need to say.”

Rangers are as a consequence of host Celtic on Saturday, however it appears more and more doubtless the sport can be pushed again 24 hours.

All main UK sporting occasions scheduled for Saturday are being moved as a mark of respect to Prince Philip whose funeral will happen.

Gerrard stated: “There’s no considerations, however I’d prefer to know when it’s.

“I believe it is a sport we’re very a lot trying ahead to, it is a mouth-watering tie. 

“Both groups have gotten every week to arrange going into it so there is definitely no excuses from that viewpoint.

“We’ll have a day without work tomorrow and provides the lads the knowledge for the sport plan we predict could be profitable on the day.

“It can be a troublesome tie. 

“We’re happy it is at residence and we need to attempt to construct on our robust residence document. We’re definitely trying ahead to it however it could be good to know when it will likely be.”

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Gerrard – who continues to be ready for information on Ryan Jack’s scan – revealed Leon Balogun is predicted to overlook the following few weeks.

He stated: “We’re nonetheless ready for a scan. The scan will occur tomorrow morning or afternoon.

“He felt a calf/Achilles space yesterday morning. He left the coaching session.

“He’s limping about in the present day which tells you he has clearly little or no likelihood of constructing subsequent weekend.”

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