STEVEN NAISMITH is unsure if he will play for Rangers again this season but aims to come back stronger than ever before after making a good recovery from his knee injury.

The forward has been sidelined for less than six months since getting hurt against Aberdeen in October but has already been given the all clear after cruciate ligament damage.

He is slowly stepping up what he does in training but is yet to play a full part in sessions with Ally McCoist’s first team.

From that point of view, it remains to be seen if the 25-year-old will pull on a Light Blues jersey again before the campaign ends at St Johnstone on May 13.

What is clear is that Naismith is making good progress given how severe his injury was – and he is hopeful of showing improvement on the park too whenever he does come back.

Speaking on tonight’s Blues News on, he said: “Things have gone well and I’ve upped my training now so that I’m doing the majority of things.

“I’ve not done a lot of contact stuff with the physios or the other boys who are coming back from injuries as that’s the next stage.

“I’m hopeful I’ll be back training normally before the end of the season but we’ll need to wait and see if I get game time or not.

“From a professional point of view, it’s probably safer to wait until next season but I’ve missed it for so long and I’m dying to get back on the park again.

“You never know but the physios will have the final say. So far it has been great but we’ve a bit to go yet.

“I certainly think I’ll be coming back properly at a good time in pre-season. I’ll be fairly fit, perhaps even at a better level than everyone else as they won’t be match fit.

“There is still work to be done and I’ll be looking to get my sharpness back because with these kinds of injury, you need to put a lot into it.

“When I return, I’ll probably stay back and do more extra sessions because the key for me now is kicking on again.

“I’m going to work hard to get back to where I was and I’m hopeful I can score more goals and take more of the chances I get.

“I want to come back as a better player than I was. That was the case after my first operation and it’s no different this time.”


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