7 Rangers presser takeaways as trio out for season and Lundstram and Barisic futures addressed

Philippe Clement will be sick to death of talking about injuries at Rangers but they dominated his press conference once again.

The news that Connor Goldson is out for the season with a knee injury after an accidental collision in training was revealed and is one that comes as a huge blow for the title run-in, even if the experienced defender watched on from the bench during the last two matches against Hearts and St Mirren.

There have been plenty of other injuries and the Belgian boss gave updates on a string of other stars ahead of Sunday's meeting with Kilmarnock and three other league matches after that before a showpiece Scottish Cup final with Celtic to bring the curtain down on the campaign.

That is included in Football Scotland's takeaways from the Clement presser below.

Goldson out for season and other injuries

"On Wednesday in training there was a duel, a player fell on Connor on his knee and he hurt his knee bad. He tried to continue but couldn't so we made a scan and he has a tear in his medial ligament so he will be out for the rest of the season. It's of course a blow, he played 48 games this season. So he has been important and played a lot of good games. He's one of the leaders in the team also. And that was also one of the first things he said to me, that he wanted to be in the dressing room the next couple of games although he can't play. To be there for the boys to support them. That's already a positive thing and shows the commitment he has to this team and club. It's unfortunate to lose him but that's been the story of the season. It's important for other players to step up. We have enough leaders, I'm sure of that. It's also true that you become a leader by getting experiences. Pre-season he will be back. He told me that he's available for then (pre-season) because last season he missed almost of all pre-season. So it's been a miracle that he's played so many games."

Yilmaz and Jack

"That's been the case that partly they trained. We need to see tomorrow (if available for the weekend). Ridvan maybe but Ryan not yet. He's too far away for that. A few trainings and then to be available for the squad, so he will need more time than Ridvan."

Abdallah Sima

"No, not yet. Abdallah is out now, individual, and I hope to see him back before the end of the season but no timescale. Same thing for Rabbi Matondo. Oscar Cortes and Danilo both of them will not be possible this season."

Barisic 'deal' in Turkey

"There have been reports for months about a lot of players and a lot of things so as long as nothing is official and I see the right things in training and in the dressing room, players are selectable. Borna will be in the selection tomorrow what I've seen until now. If he steps into the building with a different mindset tomorrow that's something else but I don't believe so. I see somebody who is serving this club already a long time and is really hungry for more titles and more trophies."

John Lundstram future

"There is nothing official around that so... I'm not naive, the longer things last the more possibility other people step in. Apparently, at the moment the water is too deep between the two sides. But I see Lunny every day in the same way that he was two months ago, three months ago. He's fighting for the club and is not busy with that. All the players are busy with winning trophies and doing the right things together, otherwise they wouldn't be in the selection."

Title belief remains

"Of course. As long as it's mathematically possible, of course it's possible. There have been much bigger surprises in the past, not only in title races but all kind of games. You can be three points behind the last five minutes of the last game and it can change. We need to focus on one thing and that's for ourselves to take as much points as possible."

Should VAR be scrapped?

"No, totally not. I totally don't agree with that. There was the report about VAR, if you see the moment VAR made a mistake Rangers was most involved, most mistakes against us this season. But that doesn't change my idea. I think there will always be a grey zone in decision-making. There will always be some subjectivity. But because of VAR there are less mistakes made than in the past. Of course in moments it kills your excitement if you have to wait. But I prefer that than if you have three, five, ten bad decisions during a season. So I want as much as possible the right decisions. It will never be perfect because it needs to be decided by human beings who need to make a decision. And also some rules are subjective. The handball rule is another thing to discuss. But I think VAR made the game more honest so I will never be against it, although we had the most disadvantage out of this season, clearly. But my decision stays the same and I think everyone should see it that way. I think if you stop with VAR then everyone will say 'the referee missed that, how is that possible? With VAR they would have seen it.' I'm pro-VAR but we need to keep working on it."

Tavernier and Butland POTY nominations

"Of course (pleased) because they were booed off the pitch six months ago sometimes. The club was not at the right place so it has also proved there has been good evolution. I saw that Ross McCausland last season trained five times with the first squad and he's now nominated for that prize, that's a really positive thing for the academy and everyone who worked closely in the youth team and first team with Ross. And for the other players, you can only be nominated if your team is doing the right things. It's a collective sport so it shows that at Rangers something went well. Not everything yet. We know that, we're working hard at that."

Will he watch Celtic vs Hearts?

"It depends. It depends what the programme is at that moment. Do I have work to do, other things to do? That's mostly the case. Does my wife want something to do? Sometimes I have to listen to her to stay married because I work a lot. Sometimes that can happen and there are moments that both things are filled in and I can watch the game. So I don't know yet what I'm going to do on Saturday."