By Dr Rajpal Brar

4th Nov, 2023 | 5:10pm

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 defender Borna Barisic should be available for the Hearts clash despite the thigh injury he had recently, according to Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert claims that his return to the matchday squad against Dundee in mid-week is a good sign of his fitness.

It still depends on how he’s been responding to treatment over the past few days, but barring any setbacks, the Croatia international is expected to be available on Sunday, 5 November.

Discussing his situation exclusively with Ibrox News, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, said:

It sounds like he had a muscular problem in the thigh.

Whether he’s in contention for the next game will depend on how he’s responding to treatment and progressing his activity level.

If there are no setbacks and he’s truly ‘game to game’, then I imagine he would be in contention.

“However, with him returning to the bench recently, he should be available to play the next one.

The 30-year-old has been a mainstay in the Rangers starting eleven for the last few seasons and has made the left-back role his own.

He was even nominated for the Player of the Season in 2022/23 campaign where he made 30 league appearances and provided nine assists.

This term, Barisic has made seven league appearances with six of them being from the opening whistle.

With Ridvan Yilmaz fairing reasonably well in his absence, it remains to be seen if Philippe Clement wields the axe on him for Barisic.

In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit has claimed that a Gers first-team player will jump at the chance to leave Ibrox as a transfer story has emerged recently.