ANDREW Little was yesterday presented with a new pair of football boots as the leading goalscorer in the Scottish Football League for the month of August.
The award – the first of its kind by SFL sponsors IRN BRU is a reward for Little’s eight goals so far, including five in League fixtures.
The Ulsterman – who scored the very first goal of the current campaign at Brechin – admitted he was a proud recipient of the ‘.the ‘Ginger Boot of the Month
“I’m really happy to get this prize,” he said.
“August was a good month for me and the goals I got were a big bonus. I had kept myself in decent nick but it was still really pleasing to find the net as much as I did.
“I was delighted with the way I started the season, especially after having eleven weeks without doing very much at all.
“I was surprised to get straight into the team having not done a lot of training but I loved it and to be so involved was great. Starting eight games in a row and playing ninety minutes in more or less all of them was a really good thing for me. It was massive and I took a lot from that.”
Little has been badly missed by Rangers in recent games against Annan Athletic and Queen of the South since suffering a foot injury picked up when he played for Northern Ireland against Holland in June.
That same injury flared up again earlier this month, necessitating the wearing of a protective boot.
There is, however, an outside possibility there could be a return on the cards against Motherwell tomorrow night.
“From the point I left the Northern Ireland team we said we’d have a fortnight where I’d wear the boot,” he added.
“There might be another scan just to see how the bone has healed and hopefully it has done that properly and I can get the green light to play again from the specialist.
“The problem with my foot is something I’ve actually had for three months and it was something I was able to play through – but it got to the point where I didn’t want to push it any further and the medical staff thought it was the right time to take a break.
“We’ve had a couple of weeks now where it has hopefully settled down but I won’t have lost a lot of fitness in that time. It’s also not as if I’ve been sitting around doing nothing. I’ve still been in at training every day and I’ve been doing a lot of swimming and aqua jogging.
“I don’t expect my fitness to have dropped at all and I don’t see why I shouldn’t come straight back into the team provided there’s a space for me in it.
“I don’t know if I’d be able to face Motherwell. It’s possibly going to be too early but we’ll know more once I’ve been looked at again.
“The specialist might say I need longer in the boot but obviously I don’t want that so we’ll see what happens.
“I want to play in every single game it’s possible for me to feature in and to keep chipping in with goals. I’m full of confidence at the moment.”