As we discussed earlier, Rangers’ sloppy goals lately are almost 99% caused by having no Ryan Jack. The stalwart defensive midfielder is such a boon for this team and plugs the gaps others don’t even see, never mind fail to shut down.
However, his return is something of a mystery after Steven Gerrard confirmed his situation remains fragile and they’ve had to manage his injury differently.
Hoping to have him back for Motherwell, the Scotland international remains in recovery, but while he took part fully in the pre-Motherwell training on Friday, he wasn’t deemed fit enough to take part, and the hopes are that he’ll make Ross County this weekend.
So what is actually going on here?
Ryan Jack has always had injury issues due to an ongoing problem with his knee, but after a bad international break in which Steve Clarke’s haphazard management exacerbated the issue in the autumn of 2019, it’s become significantly worse.
This recent issue has become more calf than knee, but Jack has serious problems regardless.
The good news is it’s manageable – the bad news is it means the midfielder is likely to miss clusters of matches here and there when he aggravates those problems.
Will he make County? We hope so. He’s been out a fair while, having sustained his latest v Aberdeen, and there’s no coincidence the team has leaked goals and indeed lost and drawn in his absence.
But he’s not fully match fit, a long way from it, and we can only hope his resilience and drive spurs him on and he’s available fully this weekend.
Because we need him.