Gary’s relief after fearing his season was over

Relieved striker Gary Oliver was all but certain his season was over when he hobbled out of Palmerston last Saturday and so was over the moon to learn his knee injury is not as bad as first feared.

The 21-year-old was diagnosed with a slight medial ligament tear after receiving the results of his recent scan yesterday and will be out for a ‘few weeks’ according to manager Jim Duffy.

Oliver, though, had mentally prepared himself for the worst as he barely slept for three nights, meaning the news that he had not done any major damage was a source of elation for the frontman.

Speaking exclusively to, he said: “I got a phone call from the physio Jane [Johnston] at about 10pm at night to say it was good news, that it wasn’t anything serious and I hadn’t done my cruciate.

“It was a wee tear in the side of my knee, so I was delighted with that, because I definitely thought my season was over. I just got tackled and heard a pop in my knee and thought I’d done something bad.

“I got home and I was devastated; I thought I was going to be missing most of what has been a really good season for us.

“With the the injuries we’ve got the now with Jai [Quitongo] and Pepps [Conor Pepper], I just thought: ‘Oh no.’ But it didn’t swell up too bad and it wasn’t dead sore.

“I still didn’t sleep for three night I don’t think – I was just up panicking. So it was great to get the news and I’m looking to my rehabilitation now and will see how it pans out.”

Oliver will be sat in the stand at Ibrox for Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Rangers, and he feels his team-mates will give a good account of themselves out on the park.

He added: “Tuesday at Raith Rovers showed how good a team we are, that we can bounce back from a result like the one at Queen of the South.

“I’ll be up in the stands cheering the boys on at Ibrox and hopefully we can get a result. They’re a good side but we’re a good side as well and you never know what can happen in these games.”


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