Rangers face a summer contract dilemma when it comes to Ryan Jack amid reports the player is set to miss the League Cup Final v Celtic through injury.
The influential Ibrox midfielder is on the verge of his 31st birthday and his current deal is set to expire come to the end of the season.
But whilst there are few doubts regarding the Scotland international midfielder’s ability when available, Ryan Jack is one of several stars in the Rangers squad for whom injury is now the norm.
Rangers have been devastated by a series of high-profile injury problems this season which have undoubtedly threw a spanner in the works, particularly on Champions League and Premiership duties.
It’s put the club’s recruitment team under severe scrutiny with many of Rangers’ summer signings also on the sidelines and the club’s squad already full of crocks.
Injuries to Filip Helander, Connor Goldson, Ben Davies, Kemar Roofe, John Souttar, Ianis Hagi and Tom Lawrence in particular have had a dire impact on our campaign and Ryan Jack is another who has been routinely unavailable.
Ryan Jack ruled out of Celtic League Cup Final?
Heading into the League Cup Final with Celtic, the Daily Record are claiming that Jacko is unlikely to make the clash with John Lundstram, Kemar Roofe and Malik Tillman set to be passed fit.
Whilst there is no-one who will feel this more than Ryan Jack, it’s another example of an injury in the squad disrupting the club’s preparations ahead of an important game.
With several Ibrox veterans out of contract in the summer, the club face major questions regarding the futures of Ryan Jack, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield, who all occupy similar role at Ibrox when not playing.
It might only be one of the three who gets kept on for continuity and whilst Ryan Jack knows and loves the club, it might not be enough if he cannot keep himself fit between now and the summer.
Meanwhile, Michael Beale has tempered expectations around Nicolas Raskin ahead of the Final.