Ryan Jack may have played his last match for Rangers after Michael Beale confirmed the Scotland midfielder is out for at least around a month and could miss the Split.
The former Aberdeen captain enjoyed a very brief renaissance against Hibs, with a spectacular display at Easter Road, rolling back the seasons to his old self, but it appears the effort that night has cost him a lot more, and following modest displays since then, he’s now out for the foreseeable future with yet another issue.
With the split starting in a couple of weeks, Jack is certainly going to miss the first half of fixtures, and is probably touch and go to make the final two, so may well have played his last match for the club as his contract winds down.
It’s a big shame, Jack was a key part of 55, his first half of the season display being about 50% of the reason Rangers secured the fabled trophy, but since then it’s been constant injury blight and it is deemed very unlikely now that Rangers will offer him a new deal.
With yet another injury to add to his list, Jack is only a slim chance of playing for the Light Blues again this season, and that extra injury has probably ended even a sliver of hope he had of getting a new contract.
It’s Leon Balogun all over again – great player, but simply not fit enough and not available enough to be a viable option, and when the time came, Rangers couldn’t offer him a deal. Ex-Director of Football Ross Wilson was claimed by Balogun to try to persuade then-manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but he said no, so says the Nigerian himself.
And we can’t similarly justify a new deal for Jack either, as much as we like him, and let’s face it, everyone likes him.
He’s likely finished now at Ibrox.