Steven Gerrard has confirmed Ryan Jack will miss Ross County, amidst a lot of fans arguing Rangers missed his services last night.
And it’s true that Jack is a very stabilising influence in the middle, who had just come back onto a game after a slow start to the season when injury struck him yet again.
Thankfully Rangers have the outstanding Glen Kamara and Steven Davis, not to mention Bongani Zungu in there to cover in the Scotland international’s absence, and all three will be required to ensure Rangers negotiate County successfully, buoyed as they are from their scalping of Celtic less than a week ago.
9th in the table, County enjoyed a fine start to the season, but predictably fell apart as it wore on, and are now around the level they’d expect to be for the remainder, but that surprise result at Parkhead will weigh heavily on Rangers.
But there’ll be no Ryan Jack.
As we discussed earlier, the key attribute of this Rangers is it doesn’t miss absences much if at all.
Davis and Kamara got increasingly better last night in tune with the rest of the team, but normally both are brilliant throughout matches and Kamara especially is electric.
So this is why, while Jack is an excellent player, Gerrard has built a system that stops us missing any players. There isn’t a single starter that Rangers have who is completely irreplaceable, and that’s key.
Jack was a complete certain starter last season, but that’s not the case any more through rotation and injury.
Rangers should be fine on Sunday, as long as complacency doesn’t set in and County get the respect they deserve.
Jack or no Jack.