Steven Gerrard’s words on James Tavernier yesterday were pretty positive, but unfortunately Ryan Jack’s prognosis is starting to look bleak.
The manager was speaking at his pre-Hibs presser and suggesting Tavernier had a slim chance of making Celtic (this is really manager talk for ‘nope’) but his words on Jacko were a lot less inspiring.
It’s very vague, and there’s nothing for anyone, Stevie included, to latch onto.
All he has is hope here, and it’s fair to say Jack’s Rangers career is looking a little shaky. His football career, in truth.
He’s had injury issues for years, but was able to manage them, but that fateful Scotland camp with Steve Clarke’s hapless and ignorant mismanagement of the midfielder led to Stevie G’s absolute fury with the NT coach, and since then, injury issues have been more regular and more sustained.
Like Leon Balogun, Ryan Jack has managed just 19 outings, but unlike Balogun he wasn’t signed as depth – he’s supposed to be a starter far more often than not.
With just 6 outings (including 2 as sub) since the 22nd of November, his troubles have massively deepened, and Rangers and Steven Gerrard are now deeply concerned at what the medical feedback could entail.
Jack is approaching the business end of 30, and it’s only going to worsen for the ex-Aberdeen man – Rangers fans have indeed tempered their expectations of how much he can play now, and Stevie G has already begun life without him by relying a lot more heavily on evergreen Steven Davis.
It’s not ideal, and that area of the pitch needs work this summer, but while Rangers can cope for now, Ryan Jack cannot be relied on for the rigours of a new season.
And no one is more gutted than he is.