Ryan Jack’s future is currently a bit hazy. Regulars know how highly we rate a fully-fit Jacko here on Ibrox Noise, he’s one of the best players we have when he’s in the zone.
But sadly, since returning from that awful injury of last winter year (you have to go back to February 2021) he’s been notably off his old pace, looks jaded, and appears massively reduced mobility-wise.
In short, he’s not the player he was, and he’s been back, give or take fully, since February this year.
A full 12 months out has completely derailed his form, and while he’s not absolutely terrible, he’s notably down on his old level.
If we remember how pivotal he was to 55, before his injury that season Rangers conceded ZERO domestic goals with him in the side, up till early December when he missed two. And in those missed two matches we conceded three goals.
He came back in, we conceded no goals for the next 6 matches. Then we concede 4 in the next 9 matches when he got injured again. Comes back, we conceded just TWO in 6.
Long story short, a fully-fit Jacko and Rangers just don’t concede goals.
But this year he’s been miles off his old self and we’ve conceded plenty with or without him.
Can he get his old self back? We just don’t know. He was absolutely terrible in Belgium, miles off the pace, and unable to track back like he used to.
The big key difference was the threat from their left down our right, with Tav upfield. Old Jacko covered that off, now it was being completely opened up.
He’s not covering ground like he used to, and had to be removed, looking spent.
Unfortunately, it’s not like he’s not had time to get back up to speed – he’s been fit for about 6 months.
And we cannot afford passengers at all – not that we can really call him that, but he isn’t able to offer what he used to.
We simply don’t know what the future is for Jack, but we hope he can find his old self again.