Former Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod – who was sold in controversial circumstances in 2015 – could have his career cut short by injury.
Despite only being 27, the remarkably unfortunate Macleod has revealed that there’s a long way back from knee surgery which is set to rule him out of this season completely.
To make things more difficult for the Rangers Academy product, Lewis is without a club and this is something that will directly impact his recovery from the knee injury.
As a result, Macleod has been prepping himself with coaching badges just in case he has to hang up his boots once and for all as a former Rangers physio helps him in his recovery.
“The injury itself is supposed to take six months to heal, but I’m not training every day with a football team so it’s probably going to be six to nine months,” said Macleod [Daily Record].
“That obviously takes up a full season anyway, so I haven’t planned on looking at a team in January.
“I’m doing rehab at the moment and I’ll just need to see how it goes.
“It’s different doing rehab yourself when you don’t have a club.
“I’ve been in the gym training with Steve Walker, who used to be the Rangers physio. He’s just seeing me whenever he can – usually once a week – to get going again, but I’ve got no immediate plans to get back playing.
“I’ll see how the rehab goes and see what happens, but if it doesn’t go to plan I might have to start looking at something else.
“But I won’t cross that bridge until I come to it.
“I’ve not thought that far ahead and I’ll concentrate on doing coaching badges for the moment.
“I still love football and I still have a passion for it, but actually playing it, not so much in the last few years with the injuries.
“Whether I’m lucky enough to be back playing next season or looking to coaching instead, who knows.”
A rare bright light in a period largely devoid of them, Macleod was handed his chance at Rangers after the club’s financial collapse in 2012.
A talented midfielder with an eye for goal, Lewis’ performances in lower league Scotland under such massive pressure soon caught the eye of suitors down south.
The Spivs at Rangers would then sell Macleod – then only 20 years old – for a controversial fee of £1m to ambitious Brentford [BBC Sport].
However, a cruciate ligament injury would soon follow and things would never be the same at Brentford again.
Macleod would manage only 43 Brentford appearances in four years before being signed by Wigan Athletic where he struggled for gametime.
Injury then disrupted a spell with Plymouth Argyle and now the midfielder faces some big decisions regarding his future in the coming months.
Everyone at Rangers will be wishing the once highly thought of midfielder the best of luck in his recovery from injury this season.
Meanwhile, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been explaining why Ibrox supporters shouldn’t get too carried away by one player’s inclusion in the Europa League squad.