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14th Jan, 2017 | 3:31pm

Rangers boost as 28-year-old could make early return, injury scans positive

By Will Butcher

Mark Warburton has revealed that Rangers ace Joe Garner could return to the side earlier than expected after scans on his shoulder.

The 28-year-old has been sidelined since falling awkwardly and landing on his shoulder in the 2-1 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic on Hogmanay.

Speaking to Rangers’ official Twitter account, Warburton revealed that scans on Garner’s injury were positive and he remains optimistic over the length of his absence, saying it could be “short-term as opposed to long-term”.

Rangers and the rest of their domestic rivals have not played since December as the mid-season interval takes place until January 21, when the Gers take on Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.

Garner, who signed from Championship side Preston for £1.5million in the summer, has struggled to hit the heights that were expected of him after putting pen to paper in Glasgow.

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Battling Martyn Waghorn, Kenny Miller and Joe Dodoo for a first-team slot, the striker has finally earned a regular place in Waburton’s starting eleven in recent matches.

However, in his 19 league and cup appearances this season, the Gers’ number seven has managed just three goals as the 54-time Scottish champions have been blown away by Celtic at the top.

However, Garner’s return along with the double signing of Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral could help the Gers maintain their second place and reduce the 19-point deficit separating them from Brendan Rodgers’ side.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has had this to say on a decision made by the Scottish Football Association.