Jelavic targets derby return

Croatian striker hoping to be fit for Old Firm clash

Jelavic: Required ankle surgery

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Rangers' Nikica Jelevic is hoping to make his return to action in the Old Firm derby on 2nd January.

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The Croatian striker picked up an ankle injury against Hearts on 2nd October and required surgery in order to make a full recovery.

He is still some way short of full match fitness following that operation, but is preparing to step up his rehabilitation.

The £4million frontman believes he could be back by the New Year and hopes he will be in contention for a crunch clash with arch-rivals Celtic.

Jelavic told Rangers News: "My injury is getting better and better and I hope that I can be fit again in January so I will start to play.

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"I have only been walking with the physios recently but very soon I want to be running again and get back into serious training.

"Normally you should not play for three months after an operation so, with this being the case, the Celtic game will probably be my target.

"Right now I still need time but it would be nice to be back in the squad for this game. Whatever happens I just want to get back playing.

"I want to help my team-mates as quickly as possible because they helped me settle in Scotland and that has helped me so much.

"From the first game I think I showed that I can play for Rangers and that I can score a lot of goals but I want to prove myself more and more here. This is only the beginning."