Philippe Clement Has Provided an Injury Update on Rangers Winger Oscar Cortes

Rangers secured a vital victory to maintain their two-point lead over Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. However, the win was marred by an injury to on-loan Lens attacker Oscar Cortes, prompting manager Philippe Clement to provide a post-match update.

James Tavernier and Tom Lawrence orchestrated a turnaround for Rangers, canceling out Danny Armstrong’s early goal for Kilmarnock. The league leaders displayed a dominant second-half performance, clinching a 2-1 victory in Ayrshire.

Cortes, who had a mixed performance against Kilmarnock’s right-back Joe Wright, faced a setback as he suffered an apparent hamstring injury. Not taking any risks, Clement swiftly substituted him with Scott Wright.

Addressing the media after the match, Clement offered insights into Cortes’ condition: “No (we don’t know), not yet. We need to make that assessment tomorrow or the day after. To make really good choices we have a lot of games, so we’ll see if he was tired or it was more.”

The Belgian manager hailed the victory as ‘massive’ in the title race, especially considering the challenging nature of playing against Kilmarnock, who have proven to be a formidable opponent. Clement acknowledged the difficulty of the circumstances and praised his team’s resilience.

“It was a massive one because we knew this was a hard place to go to,” Clement stated in an interview with BBC Sport. “All credit to Kilmarnock, they had a series of 14 games only losing once against us at Ibrox. You know the circumstances are difficult to play the football we want to play so it’s massive to win and also to win the game with the great mentality that all the players showed, players who started and who came in.”

Highlighting the character of his team, Clement emphasized their resilience, stating, “What statement does that make? That our team has a lot of resilience, even when things don’t go your way, a penalty against at the beginning and Kilmarnock can play their favourite game to sit and wait for our mistakes. Then reacting like that in the second-half is major.”