Injury expert Ben Dinnery believes that Rangers will be discussing ‘internally’ just what has caused their fitness crisis.
The club were without nine players as a result of injuries for their final Champions League group game with Ajax in midweek.
Connor Goldson, Ryan Jack, Ridvan Yilmaz, Ben Davies and Kemar Roofe have recently joined long-term absentees Ianis Hagi, Filip Helander, Tom Lawrence, Nnamdi Ofoborh and John Souttar on the injured list.
It has left Giovanni van Bronckhorst rarely able to choose his best XI this term and following the worst performance in Champions League history, Dinnery believes concerns will be growing behind the scenes in relation to injury.
He told Football Insider:
“Injuries and the impact that it is having, the eyes will shift towards that.
“Internally, I dare say that questions will be asked and they will be looking to find some commonality between those problems.
“Is there anything that’s being done to avoid these problems? Is there anything that’s bringing them on?
“What you’ve got to consider is, don’t look at those injuries as a whole. Don’t blanket them. You need to understand those players individually, the mechanisms of injury and whether they could be avoided.
“Football is a contact sport and you will pick up injuries regardless of how well you prepare ahead of games.
“It depends on the individual and it depends on the injury. If there are areas of potential improvement or where they can do a little bit better, they will be addressed internally.
“The medical department are always reactionary. A player gets injured they then go and see the physio to get treatment. The medical team are rarely involved in training on a daily basis.
“They often get a rough deal with how they are perceived in the whole process.”
TIF Thoughts on Dinnery’s comments…
Are Rangers injury problems a concern?
Yes, it's getting ridiculous.
No, we should be able to manage!
The loss of influential figure Goldson has been felt and with Davies and Yilmaz just beginning to prosper in a Rangers jersey their setbacks are definitely disappointing.
After the humiliation of their European campaign, Giovanni van Bronckhorst must now try and divert the attention of his players to domestic duty.
The Light Blues have three league games before the mid-season break and with a four-point gap to their arch-rivals Celtic, not winning all three could be detrimental to their season.
However, their task is certainly made harder by mounting injury woes and it will be certainly be sparking concerns behind-the-scenes as Dinnery alluded to.