Sionko nears Gers return

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Libor Sionko hopes to be given the chance to win his Rangers place back once he returns from injury.

The Czech Republic international has missed the club's last four games after picking up a thigh injury against Aberdeen at the start of October.

He is due to return to training in the next few days, but concedes he will have to take it steadily as he prepares for a first-team comeback.

"I don't dare say anything," Sionko told Pravo when asked about a date for his playing return.

"It will depend both on my health and on how quick I will be able to get to the regular action. I feel physically well, but it is not ideal though.

"Perhaps I will spend some time on the bench. I don't expect I will be put in the starting line-up straight away.

"I think I will play just for a few minutes in the first games. Rangers have a big, high-quality squad.

"In some way, I will be starting from ground zero again as I have to win my regular place, however, I hope the manager will give me a chance."

Rangers have endured a frustrating start to the season, but Sionko is hopeful Paul Le Guen's side can close the gap on SPL leaders, and Old Firm rivals, Celtic.

He added: "Actual form and results for Rangers are not good, but we certainly have the potential to get into second place and start closing in on Celtic, even though they are already leading by a big margin.

"We simply need a good result to get back. There is no panic within the club.

"Our displays are not bad, we just need to score goals. Sometimes we miss only a little more luck."