Andrew Little out for six weeks as Rangers' injury list grows
Rangers' Andrew Little will be out for anything up to six weeks after limping off at the start of the Old Firm match.
Rangers' Andrew Little will be out for anything up to six weeks after limping off at the start of his dream debut for the club.
Little was thrown on as Walter Smith struggled for fit players ahead of the first Old Firm derby of the season, but the manager was soon presented with another injury problem as the debutant signalled to the bench in the first minute.
"The first ball they played from the kick-off was a diagonal one right down my throat," Little told the Rangers website.
"Zheng Zhi came across and I sprinted to head it and felt a really bad spasm in my hamstring."
"In my head all I wanted to do was get on with the game but I was also thinking, 'Did that just happen to me?'"
Little was moved into attack, as Smith attempted to reshuffle his already stretched side in the hectic opening moments of the match.
"It was one of those things where I hoped it was just a bit of cramp,” said Little. “But I had a similar problem six weeks before so I knew what it was."
Little is also ruled out of Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic – with the same injury which kept him out of the last squad.
"It's very hard to take, especially as it is our last World Cup qualifier,” he said.
"It's devastating but hopefully I have shown the manager what I can do and that there will be more opportunities with Northern Ireland as well."
Fellow Ranger Steven Naismith was forced to pull out of the Scotland squad yesterday with a knock he picked up in the Celtic match.