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Caixinha is given a headache as Rangers defensive worries pile up


Dilemma: Pedro Caixinha

Dilemma: Pedro Caixinha


Dilemma: Pedro Caixinha

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has revealed his defensive worries are set to continue for tomorrow's trip to Kilmarnock.

Caixinha had to take off three of his back four at the halfway stage of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Motherwell and was already missing Danny Wilson through injury and the suspended James Tavernier.

Lee Wallace is still struggling with a stomach injury, Lee Hodson is trying to shake off a fever and Clint Hill is receiving treatment for a hamstring problem.

Caixinha said: "Danny is not training today (Monday) again, James is returning. James was not only suspended but feeling something from the previous week. I'm not sure if Clint can totally recover, Lee Wallace as well, so I believe those two should be out, and Lee Hodson, I cannot be 100 per cent, but I believe at least for the game we might have him."

Jon Toral dropped back into a three-man defence with fellow midfielder Andy Halliday and Rob Kiernan, but even the on-loan Arsenal man is a doubt for the Rugby Park trip.

Caixinha said: "I don't know about Jon Toral because of the surface we are going to play on.

"He had some problems with his knee, and this is the surface that normally means we need to take care of those players."

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Philippe Senderos was overlooked on Saturday, despite being the only defender on the bench, and Caixinha could look to the youth ranks with teenager Myles Beerman on stand-by.

Caixinha added: "We totally trust our players in the first squad, we totally trust our players from the youth system. So we'll have a strong squad next match."

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