After something of a hiatus, Ibrox Noise returns, and the first thing we’re looking at is the mixed news for Ryan Jack from Steven Gerrard.
Regulars will know we reported on the colossal boost for Rangers’ attempts at the UCL and securing 2IAR next season in the form of Ryan’s successful surgery and his return this summer, but the manager has somewhat tempered expectations significantly by saying it’s not even close to certain Jack will be available for UCL qualifiers.
It’s a very lengthy quote from the boss, and it’s clear that Jack could make it, but it’s far from guaranteed and Stevie wants to take the pressure off him to get there in time.
But the issue here is unless Rangers nail a gem or two in the transfer window this summer, Jack’s absence puts UCL qualification at risk big time.
His reading of the game in front of defence supports so much around him, and it’s no exaggeration to say he was a massive reason we got through to the group stage of the UEL this season with an impressive performance v Galatasaray.
However, being positive, Rangers did outstandingly in Europe without him too, making it to the last 16 with his only being involved in a single 90 minutes after the home draw with Benfica, so as important as he can be, he isn’t indispensable.
But he would missed if he doesn’t make it, that’s for sure.