McCulloch desperate for fitness
Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch hopes to put his injury woes behind him after scoring the winner in a friendly against Liverpool.
Last Updated: 19/10/11 7:21pm
Lee McCulloch hopes to put his injury woes behind him and force his way back into Ally McCoist's plans after netting the winner in a friendly against Liverpool.
McCulloch has been troubled by a knee injury this season that has seen him struggle to hold down a first-team place.
The 33-year-old featured against St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League at the weekend before being handed a start against Liverpool at Ibrox on Tuesday.
"I feel as though I'm getting back to full fitness. It's been a while. Every time I've tried to come back this season I've broken down," McCulloch said.
"I'm feeling quite fit just now so hopefully I'll try to get some game-time and hopefully get my place back soon."
Before being held to a last-gasp draw by Saints at the weekend, Rangers had notched up nine consecutive wins in the SPL and McCulloch is well aware of the size of task he faces in forcing his way back into the team.
"Obviously it's hard but it's good to see the boys doing well. Just as long as we keep winning games, that's the main thing," he added.
"I want to be in the team and I know I need to get a wee bit fitter to do that. I need games to do that and that's why games like this can only be a good thing."
The absence of European football this season saw Rangers and Liverpool use the free midweek to face each other in the friendly in Glasgow.
Both clubs used the match to hand game-time to those who have not featured as regularly as others this season.
Rangers skipper David Weir made only his second appearance of the season after recovering from injury and summer signings Matt McKay and Alejandro Bedoya also started.
"I thought the game went well and it was good for the ones who have not played to get some game-time against a strong Liverpool team," McCulloch said.
"It was a good result and a good performance from everybody."