NICKY CLARK is praying he’s back in action in time for a title party as he continues his recovery from a foot fracture.

The striker has been sidelined for the last month after he suffered the injury in the early stages of the 1-0 win at Airdrieonians on January 2.

Initially it has been hoped he’d back in action in around six weeks but Clark still has another fortnight to go wearing a protective boot.

After that, it’ll be at least another two weeks before he kicks a ball again and even then he’ll need to build match sharpness.

That means he could face a race against time to be back in Ally McCoist’s side before it claims the League One crown.

Having only dropped two points all season up to now, the Light Blues are closing in on a second successive automatic promotion.

They could be just five victories away from becoming champions if they and Dunfermline keep winning their games up to their meeting at Ibrox on March 15.

If Gers then beat the Pars they’d be in an unassailable position from that point on and could even seal the silverware before then if the Fifers slip up.

While it’s not being taken for granted McCoist’s men will win the league, it would take arguably the biggest collapse in footballing history for them not to do it now.

Clark appreciates that and is desperate to win his place back so that he’s on the pitch rather than in the stand if a championship victory is confirmed.

He told RangersTV: “I never realised we could win the league as soon as that but hopefully I can be back involved for that game with Dunfermline at least.

“It would be a great occasion if we wrapped up the league then. The boys have been doing great lately which is good.

“People are looking at it and saying we should be winning 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 but we know it’s not as easy as that.

“Teams come and do well against us but we’re still getting three points every week at the moment and that’s the most important thing.”

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