Fears grow over de Boer
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Ajax star is set to undergo more scans on his damaged knee and Gers boss Alex McLeish is facing up to the reality that surgery may be required.
The Dutchman has not played for the SPL champions since the win over Dundee United at Tannadice on August 31 and McLeish says he is unable to put a date on a likely return for de Boer.
With striker Steven Thompson also out for a considerable period, McLeish is set to go to the Ibrox moneymen with a plea for funds to strengthen his squad in the New Year when the transfer window reopens.
McLeish said: "I don't have a crystal ball, so I couldn't forecast that I'd lose Steven Thomson for a long time to injury, then Ronald.
"I thought I'd adequate cover for every position but I don't.
"It is a blow because Ronald is one of our best players. And it is even more frustrating because his injury problems have come after what was his best season at Rangers.
"I thought his problem had cleared up and he was confident it had, too. But a calf injury triggered off a swelling in the knee again.
"We've lost Ronald for the foreseeable future but the gauntlet has been thrown down to others to come in and make a difference.
"I've also been keeping my finger on the pulse of the transfer market.''
De Boer returned to Amsterdam in midweek to see the surgeon who repaired the knee two years ago.
McLeish said: "The surgeon knows Ronald's medical history inside out.
"We will listen to what he has to say. I don't want to make statements about a player's condition when I am out of my depth with medical matters.
"All we can do is wait for the scan results. If anyone mentions that de Boer is out of the game with Manchester United, I think I'll scream.''