Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic is hoping to return to action in January as he bids to make a comeback after an ankle injury.
The Croatia international has spent the past three months on the sidelines after suffering the knock against Hearts in October.
Jelavic has expressed his frustration at not playing following a lively start to life in Scotland after joining from Rapid Vienna.
The 25-year-old is biding his time to return for Walter Smith's side after initially hoping to play in the Old Firm clash against arch-rivals Celtic on 2nd January.
Jelavic has given up hope of playing against The Bhoys, although he is confident of featuring again next month.
"The whole process takes a long time," he told the Daily Record. "I go through some therapy, then I run in straight lines, then more and change direction.
"Finally, in mid-January I should start playing again.
"It was my aim to get back for the New Year derby against Celtic at the start of January, but the reality was something else entirely.
"I found it was better to go slowly than to start again too soon and have something go wrong.
"The club told me they don't want me to suffer more harm. It was frustrating because it had now taken me long to adapt and that was especially because my new team-mates at Rangers welcomed me.
"It will not be easy to come back because I will have been out for three months, but I don't want to waste any more time.
"As soon as possible, I want to settle down and start scoring goals."