With uncertainty over his exact prognosis, not to mention the frequency of his injury issues, there’s got to be a little doubt over the Rangers future of Ryan Jack.
Another of the ‘2024’s, whereby his deal with the club expires next summer, Jack at his best is an absolute asset to Rangers and was, as Ibrox Noise has suggested, a huge reason 55 came home to Govan. Form notably dipped after Jack sustained that season-ending injury that year.
But therein lies the rub of the issue – Ryan Jack’s injury problems at Rangers have been a major drag from the start – in five years and a theoretical 60 matches average possible a season, so, 300 matches in theory total he’s managed 204, never amassing more than 22 league appearances in any one campaign.
118 matches minimum missed through injury, 4 through suspension.
That’s a lot – well over one third of all his possible matches have been lost through various knocks, bruises and sprains.
Jack was absolutely delighted to sign a new contract last summer – he’d have taken a small wage, because he knows that not only is this the only club he wants to be at, but he’d miss a lot of the season with injury. As it is he’s made 16 appearances which is alright, but missed 13, not so good.
He was thrilled to be even offered a deal, and had admitted he was basically ‘begging’ for another contract, give or take. He got one at around £10K a week, making him one of the lowest-paid players at the club, and with good reason.
And we’re seeing why.
We can’t see Rangers offering him another deal, because we already know we’ll only get 50% max of the season from him.
Sure, he’s cheap, but it’s also worth remembering he’s not as good as he once was. 31-years-old that’s no surprise, but he just isn’t capable of the titanic displays he once did.
So is he one we’ll hold onto? Based on his injury history, we’d be surprised.
We love Jacko, he’s one of us and gives everything, but he no longer has a lot left to give and he’s injured most of the time.
And we have to be ruthless.