Lee McCulloch ruled out for remainder of the season
Rangers and Scotland midfielder will require major surgery on knee injury sustained during recent league win over Hearts.
STV Sport understands Lee McCulloch has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Rangers midfielder, who has been playing with a cyst on the joint since the beginning of the campaign, requires an operation which will sideline him until June.
The 32-year-old, who has been a virtual ever-present for Walter Smith’s team this season, was forced off during a recent win over Hearts at Ibrox, causing him to miss Sunday’s derby match with Celtic.
Now McCulloch looks set to miss the rest of Rangers 2010/11 campaign in what is sure to be a major blow to manager Smith’s plans for the remainder of the season.
The former Motherwell and Wigan star has played 27 times for Rangers this season, establishing himself as a key figure in midfield as the club compete for the SPL title, Scottish Cup, Co-operative Insurance Cup and Europa League.
His absence leaves Smith with limited options in the middle of the park, with Maurice Edu and Jamie Ness having lined up in central midfield for the game with Celtic. Steven Davis, John Fleck and Kyle Hutton are also potential selections.