By Dr Rajpal Brar

16th Aug, 2023 | 4:40pm

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at Rangers...

Rangers must be careful with the amount of game time they give Connor Goldson consistently to avoid re-injury, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

According to the injury expert, despite returning to action against Servette and being in the starting eleven, Gers will be looking to slowly ramp up his intensity in training.

The English defender suffered a foot injury back in May and has been out of action since then, returning to the first-team fold in the 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock on 5 August.

He did not play the next league or the first leg against Servette so he still isn’t fully ready to play two games per week.

Discussing his situation exclusively with Ibrox News, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, said, “He will be working on ramping up intensity on and off the pitch to see how his foot and body overall respond.

Once he can tolerate those intensities, then expect him to play full games regularly.

Foot injuries can be quite sensitive, especially for footballers as there are constant, high loads on the feet and ankles, so have to be quite methodical to avoid risking another extended injury setback.

In terms of injury history, he had a relatively stellar injury record until last season. However, outlier seasons can happen so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now based on the overall sample size.

Michael Beale will be hoping that he quickly returns to full fitness as he’s the best centre-back at the club currently.

He’s also a good organiser of defences and Jack Butland will look to build a rapport with him once they keep playing regularly.

Rangers are planning to bring in another centre-back this summer and it remains to be seen who Beale views as the ideal centre-back partner for the Englishman.

In other Rangers news, a manager has issued a verdict on a defender’s future as the Gers are prepared to make a move to sign him this summer.