PEDRO CAIXINHA is not expecting captain Lee Wallace or centre half Clint Hill to be available for selection for Wednesday night’s Premiership fixture against Kilmarnock.
Both players were replaced at half-time on Saturday with Hill picking up a hamstring injury against Motherwell and Wallace struggling with a stomach problem.
With Lee Hodson also forced off at the break due to illness, Caixinha had to change formation to a 3-5-2 with Jon Toral playing in the centre of defence, Andy Halliday featuring on the left of the three-man backline and Kenny Miller dropping deep into midfield to allow Joe Garner to partner Martyn Waghorn in attack.
James Tavernier, who missed the Motherwell game through suspension but was also injured, will hopefully be fit to face Killie while Danny Wilson remains a doubt, and Caixinha also admitted he has concerns for Jon Toral on Rugby Park’s artificial surface.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV this morning, the manager said: “Danny, as far as I know, is not training today again, James is returning.
“James was not only suspended but he was feeling something from the previous week.
“I’m not sure if Clint can totally recover, Lee Wallace as well, so I believe those two for sure should be out, and Lee Hodson maybe in the next couple of days, I cannot be one hundred percent but I believe at least for the game we can have him.
“I don’t know also about Jon Toral because of the surface we are going to play.
“He has had some problems with his knee, he faced some surgery on the knee, and this is the surface that normally means we need to take care of those players.
“Not only of the injured, but also the previous injuries, and of the mental approach because if they are going into the game feeling that something may happen, it’s not good.
“So we need to analyse all those points, but for sure we’ll have a strong squad, for sure we’ll have players that are looking to have that chance to say ‘I’m present, I’m capable to be a Rangers player and capable to be in the first eleven.’
With Wallace and Hill out, Caixinha has Philippe Senderos as a possible replacement for the latter and he insists he will not hesitate to bolster his defensive options with Academy players.
He added: “We totally trust in our players in the first squad, we totally trust our players from the youth system, even if I need to play for example with Myles [Beerman] at left back I can do it.
“So we’ll have a strong squad next match and if we need to go to the youth system’s players in order to be on the first eleven or on the substitutes, there should be no problem with that.”