Joshua Barrie, who appears on Sky Sports, has claimed that the serious knee injury to Steven Davis exacerbates the need for a new centre-midfielder at Rangers.
Rangers confirmed on Christmas Eve that Davis would miss the remainder of the season after picking up a knee injury in training.
It’s a huge blow for the man who will be 38 at the end of the season, but also for the club, with Michael Beale’s side already light in central midfield.
Davis hasn’t been the first name on the teamsheet at Ibrox this season with him starting just three league games all campaign, while he has only had 25 minutes of action since October.
The Northern Irishman also sees his contract expire at the end of the season, throwing his future into even more doubt and making a replacement an even bigger priority.
Speaking on The Rangers Review, Barrie claimed that the injury to Davis will see a new midfielder become a must for Rangers in January.
He said: “Hopefully, it’s not the last time you see him in a Rangers shirt, but I think logic tells you it may well be.
“It only exacerbates the need for a player signed in that position – someone who can come in and start every week at the base of midfield, which I think would’ve been the priority for Rangers whether this injury had happened or not.”
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Davis, who has been hailed as a ‘Rolls-Royce’, may have played for the Light Blues for the final time such is the severity of his injury, alongside his age and contract situation.
The Gers’ already depleted centre-midfield numbers have also been affected by Ryan Jack’s injury problems, while John Lundstram has previously been required to fill in at centre-back due to Connor Goldson’s injury.
With the contracts of Jack and Scott Arfield also coming to a close in the summer and no decision on renewals made as of yet, Beale will be in urgent need of a boost in the engine room if Rangers are to have any chance of closing the nine-point gap to Celtic.