Rangers linked Dunfermline striker Kevin Nisbet has been dealt an injury blow, with the striker set to be sidelined for a ‘lengthy’ period, reports The Courier.

The Gers are said to have scouted the 22-year-old on a number of occasions this season, with a view to a potential future move [Glasgow Times].

Steven Gerrard’s recruitment team are on the hunt for new strikers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford even admitted that they wouldn’t stand in his way should an acceptable bid come in from the Gers.

Nisbet hasn’t let the speculation affect him, though, as after a relatively inconsistent start to the season, he’s been prolific since the end of October. He has 16 goals in his last 16 appearances for the Pars and a total of 23 for the campaign.

His most recent strike came in last weekend’s surprise 2-0 win over runaway league leaders Dundee United, but he was forced off in the closing stages of that game with what scans have revealed to be ankle ligament damage.

While The Courier reports that he could be sidelined for around six weeks, his manager, Crawford, told the same publication that they were reluctant to put an exact timescale on his recovery.

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“It is a blow,” he said. “We had to get Kevin scanned but I don’t want to say something until I’ve got medical feedback.”

“So, in terms of timescale, we’re just having to see day by day where we’re at with him.

“Until we get the medical advice, I don’t want to say it’s a matter of weeks or days. He got the scan on Monday and we got the report back 24 hours later, so now it’s just a case of addressing where we’re at and how to go ahead with his rehab.”

Nisbet started his career at Partick Thistle before being released in 2018. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

Verdict

This is a big setback for both Nisbet and the Pars. His goalscoring is central to his club’s hopes of a playoff spot, while for the player himself, the injury signals a stretch out of the limelight.

If he is angling for a move to Ibrox in the summer, he may have to hope that his efforts to date will have been sufficient to convince the Gers scouting and recruitment team.

Second only to Lawrence Shankland in the second-tier scoring charts, Nisbet is not yet the finished article, but the physically imposing forward certainly has bags of talent.

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