Rangers manager Walter Smith admits that he is unsure whether his side can cope with the suspensions of influential players Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor.
As captain and goalkeeper respectively, the duo were viewed as key to the Gers' title hopes this campaign.
But with a two week suspension imposed on them for indiscipline with the national team, Smith faces the tough task of adjusting his side in their absence.
"We hope we have players to cover the situation. We will just have to wait and see about that, nobody can tell at the present moment," conceded the veteran boss.
"Both players have been playing on a regular basis for us and both are good players so we are disappointed that action had to be taken.
"Life goes on and we will have to go on without the two lads."
Rangers travel to Falkirk on Sunday and could be as many as six points adrift of leaders Celtic heading into the clash.
Results have been poor of late for the Ibrox club, but Smith believes that form and the suspensions of Ferguson and McGregor can yet be overcome - starting at Falkirk stadium this weekend.
"Hopefully we will get a good reaction from everyone, especially after a disappointing second half performance against Hearts," he added.
"I think the boys all know that and I'm sure we will be ready for Sunday's game."