Sionko worried for Gers future

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Libor Sionko fears for his Rangers future under Walter Smith after struggling to make an impact under the new manager.

The Czech Republic attacker was signed by Smith's predecessor Paul Le Guen from Austria Vienna last summer and was initially in the team.

But since Smith took over the reins in January, Sionko has only been a bit-part figure and it is something he is unused to.

"In the last one-and-a-half months, I have only been in the starting line-up a few times and have been substituted a couple of times," Sionko told Idnes. "Otherwise, I have only been on the bench.

"Mr Smith probably has different ideas about the team's composition than the previous coach had. He has his favourite players for some positions.

"One way or another, such changes usually happen when a new coach enters the club. Up until now, I have been fighting bravely.

"Everywhere I played, I played in the starting line-up. I was only out of it when I was injured.

"Perhaps it did not help me that I was ending my recovery when Mr Smith entered the club. At that time, I did not have a chance to show my abilities properly.

"But now I have been fit for a long time, I have not been playing regularly and actually I have not spoken with Mr Smith very much.

"He has rather been showing me a lack of interest.

"I have been patient so far. If my position does not change until the end of the season, I will have to resolve it in the summer.

"I have signed until June 2009 and, at my age, I don't want to spend so much time on the bench."