RANGERS captain Lee Wallace could make his return to action in the second Old Firm clash of the campaign on Saturday.

The left-back hasn’t played since sustaining a groin injury in the draw with Partick Thistle in September.

But he has steadily stepped up his training in recent days as he edges ever closer to a first team recall.

Rangers host Motherwell tomorrow night aiming to get back to winning ways after their successive top flight defeats to St Johnstone and Kilmarnock.

Boss Graeme Murty will then turn his attentions to the trip to Parkhead and he will consider his skipper for a role against Celtic.

He said: “Hopefully it will be soon. He’s another one that we are assessing day by day.

“His numbers are looking good. We just need to make sure that he will be ready to go.

“Possibly [he could come back against Celtic]. But, like I did with Bruno (Alves) against Kilmarnock, we have to make sure that we have a fully fit squad, that we don’t injure the players, and that they are ready to go.”

While Wallace could be handed a spot on derby day, Rangers will definitely be without the services of Graham Dorrans and Kenny Miller for the Celtic clash.

Dorrans is set for another three months on the sidelines as he recovers from an ankle injury, while the Light Blues confirmed last week that Miller faces a ‘significant’ spell out of action after rupturing his hamstring against Hibernian.

Murty is confident that the 38-year-old will play again this season but won’t put a timescale on when Miller could be fit to lead the line.

He said: “We are assessing that day by day. It’s a significant injury and we don’t want to put a specific date on it in case he misses it or comes back too early.

“We just know that Kenny is going to be out for a significant time and we need to make sure that other players can step up and, hopefully, fill the hole.”

One of the players that could be given a chance to step into Miller’s striking role is Michael O’Halloran as he gets set to return to Ibrox next month.

Rangers also allowed Andy Halliday, Joe Dodoo and Harry Forrester to leave on loan deals in the summer but Murty will consider all his options during the transfer window.

He said: “All options are being explored with those guys. In certain areas we do lack experience and I think that showed at times against Kilmarnock. So all possibilities will be explored.

“We are looking that that. Mark [Allen] is on top of that at the moment. But there are areas of the team where we need some more experience.”