Rangers’ American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a damaged knee ligament.
The 25-year-old was injured after colliding with Stuttgart goalkeeper Raphael Schafer during Rangers’ 3-2 defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday.
“Beasley will be out for quite a lengthy period,” Rangers manager Walter Smith said on Friday.
“He has to go for an operation, which he will go to America for. We will have a better idea after that operation, but it will be months before he is back. How many, I’m not quite sure.”
Beasley joined Rangers in June from PSV Eindhoven. He spent last season on loan at Premier League club Manchester City. He’s played 19 games for Rangers this season and scored four goals.
“It’s a bigger blow for him in the sense that no player likes to be out for what could be a considerable length of time,” Smith added. “For us, he was settling in and he was starting to do well. He has a bit of pace in the wider areas on the pitch, so we will miss him.”