“10 days” – the Rangers future of Ryan Jack

“10 days” – the Rangers future of Ryan Jack
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Jack of Rangers leaves the pitch after suffering an injury during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Dundee United at Ibrox Stadium on February 21, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So we whined about the loss of Ryan Jack and the impact his absence has on Rangers, to, we must say, about 95% agreement from our beloved audience.

But what’s the future for Jacko?

As we told you in July, Jack would be fortunate to return in early September, despite Steven Gerrard’s promises of 10 days then two weeks.

We’re nearly at October and the stalwart mid appears nowhere near the squad.

He’s been out now for 8 months, with not a minute of football played as far as we know, and there is no sign whatsoever of an imminent return.

He was included in the UEL squad for a couple of reasons – one, he wasn’t taking up anyone else’s slot in light of Scottish-trained players, and two, the group stage lasts till December and there’s a zero to slim chance he might be available by then.

So what does the future hold?

Information about Ryan Jack has dried up completely – truth is, we doubt even the medical staff and Jacko himself know the prognosis.

He had surgery but Gerrard tried to rush him back, and the surgeon did not agree. In fact two surgeons did not agree.

Two consultations Jack had and sadly neither surgeon was able to give him the green light.

Gerrard then admitted he’d have to slow down on the Scotland midfielder, that the club had pushed him too hard.

Whether this meant another setback we don’t know, but Jack’s injury situation isn’t the most positive state at present.

There’s simply no ETA on his return – he’ll be ready when he’s ready, if he’s ready.

And the concern we now have at Ibrox Noise is the ‘Rafa Nadal’ fallacy. For keen followers of tennis, you’ll know Nadal is one of the most intense players the game has ever seen. But that effort, work, movement, grit – comes at a cost, his body can’t handle it, and he’s had diabolical injury issues which held back his true potential.

Jack is the same – he works like an absolute dog, harder than anyone, and he may now be paying for that as his body begins to break down.

We hope not, we hope he comes back.

But we cannot even remotely guess when that could be.

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  1. It’s terrible shame for Jack he’s been superb since joining from the SS . A lot of this stems back from the dispicable treatment that clown of a Scotland Manager Clarke did. We all hope he returns. In the meantime though DG and his coaching staff have failed to fill the void of his absences. He messes around with the midfield exposing Steve Davis and Aribo to over stresses they don’t need . If Bakuna is a DM then let’s see if he has the ability to cover that role .

  2. Although we all love Jack and yes we do, it is time to cut him loose and let go, he is never going to recover and hopefully Rangers buy someone in January to replace him, yes it’s a sad time for him but we need to do what’s best for Rangers

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