Rangers are sweating over the fitness of their defenders ahead of facing Lyon in the opening group game of their Europa League campaign at Ibrox tonight.


Filip Helander has been ruled out until December after picking up an injury at the weekend and there were doubts whether Goldson, who had the virus, would be cleared to face Lyon.



But the Englishman is fit and available and Burke admitted that it is a massive boost as playing Calvin Bassey at centre-half alongside Leon Balogun would have been a problem.


He admits that Bassey could have played in that position in domestic games, but taking on Lyon is a different ball game altogether and not having Goldson would have been a major crisis.



Burke said on the Go Radio Football Show: “It would have been a crisis without Goldson in there.


“As Steven Gerrard said they can’t afford any more injuries to that backline, especially the centre-halves.



“I am sure Bassey can deputise at centre-back if need be, but it is easy to do that in the league rather than against Lyon who are a very strong European outfit.


“Goldson coming back is a blessing as they definitely need him back there and his experience.


“He is a fantastic player for them and he is also a leader.”


Steven Gerrard decided against having Jack Simpson in the Europa League squad and is now left with only two fit centre-backs in Balogun and Goldson.