Kevin Thomson will continue his recovery from a hernia operation on Tuesday as he features for Rangers reserves.
It was thought Thomson, who joined Rangers from Hibernian in 2007, would recover from the injury with a period of rest.
However, it was decided he would require surgery at the end of January and it was expected that the midfielder would be sidelined for six weeks.
Thomson, though, has made a speedy recovery and Rangers boss Walter Smith has confirmed that the 23-year-old will be in reserve team action against Hearts on Tuesday.
"Kevin has made a very good recovery and he trained well last week," Smith told Ranger's official website.
"We are looking forward to getting him back again and are hopeful he can start to play sooner rather than later."
But Smith does not believe Thomson will be fit to face Gretna at Ibrox on Sunday as Rangers attempt to maintain their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
"I think Sunday will come too early for him but we will see how he feels after Tuesday's match," Smith concluded.