Rangers midfielder Jason Holt is set to miss the rest of the season with suspected ligament damage, it has been confirmed.

The 26-year-old is heading back to Ibrox for treatment after spending the campaign on loan at League One outfit Fleetwood Town, where he has made 36 appearances.

Holt injured his knee last weekend and manager Joey Barton does not expect him to figure in his side’s final matches of the season.

Barton said, as quoted by the Daily Record: “He had the scan this week and it looks like it is the end of his season. He will certainly struggle to return.

“He got stretchered off in the game and it looked to me like medial ligament damage, but I don’t want to give a prognosis on that because I will probably be wrong and end up having to retract it.”

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This is a massive blow for Fleetwood, who are 11th in the table and still have distant hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs. Holt has been a mainstay of their team this season, with his attitude, work ethic and performances all hailed by Barton as first-class. Bears won’t be too devastated that the promotion dream of Barton, whose wretched spell at Ibrox three seasons ago ended in ignominy, is all but over. As for Holt, he is facing a spell of around three months on the sidelines if the Fleetwood manager is correct and he has suffered medial ligament damage. That is a major blow to the player, whose future at Rangers is up in the air. He has a contract at the Glasgow giants that runs until the summer of 2020, but is not of the quality Steven Gerrard needs if he is to steer the club to their 55th league title. Holt’s level is the third tier of English football, not the top of the pile in Scotland.

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