By Danny Wright
Rangers midfielder Matt Crooks will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury he suffered while playing on loan at Scunthorpe.
Iron boss Graham Alexander has confirmed the Gers player will miss up to three months of action.
Crooks was taking part in Scunthorpe’s 1-0 win against Bolton in early April when he broke down with the knee injury.
He has since seen a specialist who has revealed the extent of the damage.
“It is a blow to us because he has been fantastic, especially in the period when he has come into the team,” said Alexander, as quoted by the Scotsman.
“He unfortunately got the diagnosis a couple of days ago and he is going to miss the rest of the season. He picked up a knee injury and will be out for 10 to 12 weeks so that rules him out participating this season.”
Crooks made three appearances for the Light Blues this season before he was shipped out to the League One club in January.
He made his one and only Rangers start in the 2-0 league defeat to Hearts in November.
It’s not the first team this season he has had a spell on the sidelines.
The ex-Accrington Stanley midfielder was hit with an ankle injury at the beginning on the campaign and wasn’t involved in first-team action until he came off the bench against Queen of the South in late September.
Scunthorpe look set to quality for the play-offs in England’s third-tier but they will now have to make plans for life without Crooks, who will return to Ibrox at the end of the campaign.
The Lincolnshire club take on relegation-threatened Chesterfield in their next fixture.
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