Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson could be back in action in time for the club's next SPL fixture.
The influential midfielder has been sidelined since undergoing an ankle operation in July.
He is due to appear for Rangers' reserves against St Mirren on Tuesday, allowing him to gain much-needed match time.
Should he come through the second string contest unscathed, the 30-year-old will put himself in contention for a first-team return against Hamilton the following Saturday.
Manager Walter Smith told the club's official website: "Ferguson is getting close now. He will have a full week's training and, all going well, he will play in the reserve game on Tuesday.
"The physios are working very hard with him and they have been stepping up his training and I hope that next week will be the start of the comeback for him.
"Barry coming back gives us more options. Some people might think it gives us problems in terms of who to leave out but we see it as a positive.
"We obviously have an idea of how the team is going to play, and once Barry comes back, it will give us an opportunity of working within that and see where we go from there."
Steven Whittaker, who has not played since the opening day due to a knee problem, and Lee McCulloch, another knee injury victim, are also expected to be handed a run-out for the reserves.