By Amir Mir
Rangers ace Niko Kranjcar is set to be out of action for six months, and fans on Twitter were devastated by the news.
The Daily Record report that the 32-year-old midfielder had his worst fears confirmed by a specialist on Tuesday, with the Croatian almost certain to miss the rest of the season.
Kranjcar will now go under the knife in London on Wednesday, with his season set to come to a crushing end due to cruciate ligament damage.
Supporters expressed their sadness that they may not see such a talented player wear their shirt again, just as he was finding his feet at the Glasgow club.
Additionally, other fans were fearing the worst for the former Croatian international, who has to come back from such a devastating injury at the age of 32.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Don't think will see Kranjcar in a Rangers strip again sad to say as very talented player. Tough to come back from that injury at 32/33
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) November 2, 2016
I think kranjcar injury might actually turn out to be a good thing for Rangers we will now have a far faster midfield without him
— Jamie (@Grunge_1990) November 2, 2016
Gutted about Nico!! He was just starting to get fully match fit ?
— Kranjcar's hair (@JorgAlbertz1872) November 2, 2016
— Casey?? (@Smithy_1872) November 2, 2016
For a player who's had injury problems and is now 32, an ACL injury & out for six months really doesn't bode well for a comeback. #Kranjcar
— Andy (@RockiesRanger) November 2, 2016
Gutted for Kranjcar! Our signings really haven't worked out well so far ?
— RangersSanta??⚪? (@rangerssanta) November 2, 2016
Kranjcar being out, Barton clearly not coming back and Rossiter being made of wet paper, January just became an even bigger month for Warbs
— Craig Smith (@csljm84) November 2, 2016
Kranjcar’s long-term absence means that Mark Warburton’s side have now lost two summer signing through various circumstances.
Midfielder Joey Barton has been suspended by the club, with his future at Ibrox looking increasing bleak, following a training ground incident in September.
Kranjcar made 15 appearances in all competitions for Mark Warburton’s side, scoring three goals and supplying the same number of assists.
In other Rangers team news, supporters on Twitter urged Fran de Boer to return to Ibrox after he was sacked by Inter Millan.