JOSH WINDASS could face a race against time to be fit for next weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final while Wes Foderingham is a doubt to line-up against Dundee this Saturday.
Windass limped out of the Gers 2-2 draw with Motherwell after a collision resulted in a calf injury. The forward has not trained this week meaning he definitely won’t play in the Light Blues league game this weekend.
Meanwhile Foderingham missed training on Friday with a “lower limb injury” according to Graeme Murty and will face a late fitness test to see if he features.
Murty told the media: “We have a few niggles and a few people coming back from injury and returning to the group. The squad look hungry which for me is where they need to be.
“Josh Windass is not available unfortunately, it is going to be a bit too soon for him, he is a bit tender at the moment and he didn’t train at all this week.
“Cedric Kipre is a hefty guy and obviously Josh felt that impact, we are going to miss him this week but as I have always said it gives someone else an opportunity to come in an impress.
“He has got an impact trauma into his calf and he is still swollen so we will take time and make sure we don’t stress it unnecessarily.
“Josh has played a lot of football and we need to make sure we get the whole squad fit for the end of the season.
“It is too soon to say about him for next weekend but we will continue to assess him and see where he gets to.
“I have no issue with the challenge, it is a footballing incident, they both went for the ball and it is just how they landed.
“Wes felt something today and we are always going to be conservative the day before a game. He missed the training session today so we will assess him in the morning and see how he is.”
Rangers are searching for their first win in four after a poor run in March whilst Dundee, who sit in 10th in the Premiership, took a point off Celtic in midweek.
Murty continued: “I am expecting a motivated, dangerous and organised team. They showed they can cause problems against Celtic in the week and they were lucky not to score a couple.
“They were well drilled and worked extremely hard so I am expecting that same kind of performance against us.
“I am expecting us to have to be patient but once against I expect us to have to push the tempo and push the issue towards them.
“We won six games in a row; we won nine games out of 10 so we have the ability and the quality. It is my job to instil that belief in them to continue to get back to where we want to get to.”