Dundee central defender Darren O’Dea will watch the big match against Rangers from the Dens stand.
The Irishman missed the final few minutes of Wednesday’s fabulous 4-0 win over Hamilton Accies because of a groin injury, leaving his colleagues to see out the remainder of the game with just 10 men as all three of their substitutes had been used.
It was the only dark moment on an otherwise bright night for the Dark Blues.
They will now have to rejig things at the back for tomorrow’s visit of Steven Gerrard’s side.
Dundee boss Jim McIntyre confirmed last night: “Darren was getting a scan today so we will know more after that.
“He is still sore so we are not expecting it (his return) to be in the next week or two.
“He definitely won’t be available for Sunday.
“Again, though, we will need to wait and see what the scan says.
“It’s definitely the groin area.
“He has a strain there and there is a bit of bruising.
“That was the only negative from the other night against Hamilton, which was very pleasing overall.”
With the defence having to be changed that could add to the pressure on the Dark Blues as they battle to get off the bottom of the Premiership.
However, McIntyre’s men are carrying momentum after a win and two draws in their last three games.
The Dens boss said: “You just try to add another game on, keep your unbeaten run going and keep the confidence high.
“We’ve got a very difficult task against Rangers, who are a good side, but we are at home and it is up to us to try and make something happen.”