Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed Ryan Jack is ‘available’ (slightly ahead of schedule), but the question is whether he’ll start.
When we look back to the same recent example of James Tavernier, his first match back saw him benched – he wasn’t ready to play, but Stevie benched him anyway to ‘give him a taste’ of the team again.
And we’d be very surprised if Ryan Jack, having been out for a similar period, is anything other than benched either.
The former Aberdeen captain is not match fit, but is physically sound again, for now, with his recurring calf issues being monitored and managed, so he is possibly capable of playing a small role.
But we’d be genuinely shocked if his name is in the XI.
Is Steven Gerrard ready to take a big risk in starting him at the first chance available?
The midfield has certainly been partially misfiring, with Steven Davis off form and missing out on Jack’s hard graft, while Glen Kamara had a better game in Davis’ usual position, but previously struggled with form more advanced up. Scott Arfield has been consistent, and delivered particularly well at the weekend, while Joe Aribo in the hole benefited from the presence of both Hagi and Tavernier.
But Killie are a tough nut at home when it comes to Rangers, and with that pitch in consideration as well, we’d be genuinely surprised if Stevie elects to takes the risk with Jack.
We expect the same team pretty much as v Hamilton, truth be told, but as long as we get the win, we don’t really mind who starts.