Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch has revealed he may be forced to take a self-imposed break from first-team duties if he cannot shake off a troublesome ankle injury.
The Ibrox side’s top scorer has been contending with the knock since damaging the joint in last month’s 1-0 win over Queen’s Park at Hampden.
McCulloch sat out the trip to Annan on January 2 but returned to the team for Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Elgin City.
Despite battling through the 90 minutes, the 34-year-old former Scotland international was far from his best and admits he may have to take another rest from top-team duties while it heals.
McCulloch – who has 22 goals already this season – told his club’s official website: “I was struggling at the Queen’s Park game at Hampden with my ankle. It was really sore and I was trying to protect it as much as I could.
“I then missed the midweek game at Annan and in the game on Saturday I could feel it a little bit when I was running.
“It’s just something I’ll need to have a look at and I know I need to do what is best for the team.
“If I’m not giving the side anything because of my ankle, it’s up to me to suggest taking me out and we’ll see how things go this week.”