RANGERS have been hit by double hammer blow with Aaron Ramsey and Kemar Roofe OUT of the triple-header against Motherwell tomorrow, RB Leipzig on Thursday night and Celtic a week on Sunday.

The on-loan Juventus midfielder was forced off early in the first-half after sustaining a hamstring injury in the Ibrox side’s 2-1 Scottish Cup semi-final extra-time win five days ago.

Roofe has a knee injury after his exertions at Hampden and is also sidelined with boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst hoping both will return before the end of the season with the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts due for Saturday May 21 and the Europa League showdown in Seville scheduled for three days earlier.

GAME OVER…Aaron Ramsey applauds the fans as he leaves the pitch at Hampden after his hamstring injury.

The Dutchman said: “We have assessed him (Aaron Ramsey) this week and, hopefully, we’ll have him back around the Leipzig home game.

“We also had a problem with Kemar Roofe after the game, the next day he felt his knee and for him, it’s the same and he’ll be out for some weeks.

“Hopefully, he’ll also be back for me to pick around the Leipzig home game.”

With Alfredo Morelos’ season finished, Roofe’s setback leaves the manager with limited attacking options, but Van Bronckhorst, speaking to Sky Sports News, continued: “Obviously, with Morelos already out and Kemar for a couple of weeks we have less options up front.

“As always ,we just have to go on and make sure we embrace the challenge.

“The atmosphere in the group is good and we just have to make sure we pick the best team for every game.”

ON THE SLIDE…Kemar Roofe brings down Daizen Maeda as Ryan Jack watches.

Fashion Sakala is now likely to start up front and the Ibrox gaffer has no concerns about his ability.

He added: “I think he played well in that position in the last couple of games.

“That’s why you have a big squad for moments like this when players are not available and others have to step up and show their quality, as well.”

Coincidentally, Sakala struck a hat-trick on his last visit to Fir Park where the visitors romped to a 6-1 victory against 10-man Well who had Scotland international defender Stephen O’Donnell red-carded.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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