Philippe Clement has ruled Ryan Jack out of the Ross County match, after confirming the midfielder is going through a ‘rehabilitation’ progress to ‘build him up’ again.
Speaking before the Dingwall side come to Ibrox, Clement revealed Jack is trying to recover and get stronger, which doesn’t bode terribly well for his chances of getting a new deal.
“Ryan Jack will not be in the squad because he’s still in a kind of individual program to rebuild him.”
This is basically similar to Kemar Roofe’s prognosis.
Roofe is absolutely never mentioned by Clement because there’s nothing to mention, but Jack is closer to the first team and does play sparingly now and then – this admission from Clement indicates there’s more than just managing Jack’s physicality and fitness, but the fact he’s simply not available at the moment to be a regular player.
In short, his diabolical injury history with Rangers has caught up on him and Rangers only want to use him sparingly with his ability to last in matches being very low.
He did of course start v Livi and Ayr, but that’s definitely taken it out of him and he misses County.
In simple terms, he can maybe be involved in a match a week, but there will be significant recovery afterwards, and he needs overall ‘rebuilt’ to quote Clement.
Jack is a significantly broken player now, and while he has something to offer, his ability to do so is massively hampered.
We really would be surprised if he’s offered a new deal this summer.