By Will Butcher
Rangers fans are relieved on Twitter after it emerged that Joleon Lescott has been ruled out for six months with a knee injury.
The former England international was a transfer target for the Gers during the summer, and almost moved to the 54-time Scottish champions before failing a medical. The defender subsequently joined Greek giants AEK Athens.
The Glasgow Evening Times revealed that Lescott is set for a lengthy stay on the sidelines, after club doctor Pantelis Nickolaou revealed that he has detached cartilage in his knee.
Mark Warburton’s side opted to sign free agent Philippe Senderos instead, and the move looks to have been a shrewd one with the former Manchester City, Everton and Aston Villa star unlikely to return until March.
Rangers have reacted with delight that their side did not go through with a deal to sign Lescott, with many seeing the news as unsurprising.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Wish Lescott a speedy recovery, thankfully we didn't take a risk on him…
— RFC Ready (@RangersFCReady) October 7, 2016
— Jamie (@jamiecurrie89) October 7, 2016
Confusion reigns over Joleon Lescott's injury – some suggesting he's up to his knees, others that his knees are not up to it.
— Seville Calculator (@SevilleCalculat) October 7, 2016
Looks like Rangers made the right call with Lescott
— Lewis (@lewisfrench_) October 7, 2016
Thought Lescott didnt have bad knees
— Stuart Young (@StuartY19) October 7, 2016
Lescott eh, six months out. Well done to the Rangers medical team #dodgyknees
— James Robertson (@JamesRob90) October 7, 2016
Signing a two-year deal with AEK Athens, Lescott has made four appearances for the Greek outfit. His last appearance came against champions Olympiakos in a 3-0 defeat, despite Lescott being part of the side that had kept two clean sheets in a row beforehand.
Without Lescott, Rangers are set to travel to Inverness for their next game on October 14, as the Scottish Premiership makes way for the international break.
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