RANGERS hero has revealed he has been informed he has cancer.

The former all-action defender, now 52, is set for life-saving surgery after initially complaining of a pain in his back.

An emergency CT scan exposed four tumours, the biggest of which means that surgeons will have to act fast to remove the ex-Ibrox star’s kidney.

Nisbet, who now lives in Lanzarote, will see a specialist in Gran Canaria next week.

The fans’ favourite, who spent eight years with the Govan outfit, speaking in the Scottish Sun, admitted: “I am in a race against time.

“I have four tumours. The main one is on my kidney and it has to be taken out ASAP.

“The tumour on my kidney is about eight centimetres by six. If they can get that out within a week to 10 days they will then look to tackle the remaining three tumours.

I am going to Gran Canaria on Wednesday to see the specialist and, hopefully, the operation will follow soon after.

“The priority is to remove the kidney. So that’s why I say it’s a race against time.”

Nisbet, who has three children with girlfriend June, has already received a host of messages from his former team-mates, including Ally McCoist and Andy Goram.

His Gers career was cut short through injury and he now runs a soccer school on the holiday island.

Nisbet added: “I was a fighter when I played and I am determined to fight this.

“For my family’s sake, I am having to put a brave face on it, I’ll fight this for them and for June.

“This is the biggest fight I’ve ever faced and I’ll give it my best shot.”

Edinburgh-born Nizzy made 90 appearances for Rangers between 1985 and 1993, but his top-flight career was prematurely ended by a pelvic injury and, after a brief bid to come back with Junior side Arniston, he moved to Lanzarote.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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