JAMIE NESS is in contention to play his first game for Rangers in almost seven months this weekend at Celtic after making a successful return to training.

The highly-rated midfielder has only appeared for the team twice this season and hasn’t featured since he had a goal disallowed in the 1-0 win over Hibernian on October 1.

Ness has had a torrid time with injuries caused by the way he has grown but Gers are hopeful he is over the worst of his problems now.

He rejoined the squad for full sessions earlier this week and manager Ally McCoist has been encouraged by his progress.

The boss is yet to decide whether to include the 21-year-old in the group which will travel across Glasgow to Parkhead for the final Old Firm derby of the season.

But with Steven Davis likely to miss the rest of the campaign because of a groin problem, there is every chance the young star will be asked to join up with the team.

Broadfoot is also set to be involved to some extent after getting a full week of work under his belt.

He was given the all clear after a knee injury by specialists 10 days ago and he has shown no ill effects since then.

Given Carlos Bocanegra, Dorin Goian, Steven Whittaker, Kyle Bartley and Lee Wallace have all been playing lately, Broadfoot will probably only make the bench.

But having not featured since the 4-1 win at Inverness at the end of February, his return to fitness gives Rangers a welcome boost.

The meeting with Celtic comes too soon for Steven Naismith, who continues to make strides and may play before the season is out depending on medical opinion.

Kyle Lafferty, meanwhile, misses out due to the fortnight-long club suspension which was applied by McCoist from the start of the week.

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