Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister revealed that two key Ibrox talents will return to the squad for the visit of Livingston, but was unconvincing regarding the status of a senior Ibrox star.
Romanian playmaker Ianis Hagi and wing-back wonderkid Nathan Patterson have been out since the international break but both are in contention to return against the Lions.
🎙️ Gary McAllister spoke to the media ahead of Wednesday's Premier Sports Cup match against Livingston.
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Hagi was at the centre of a political maelstrom to get out of Macedonia after contracting Covid-19 with his country whilst Patterson has been nursing a knock since returning from Scotland duty.
McAllister claimed both looked sharp as he confirmed Ryan Kent (hamstring) is still missing.
“Ianis Hagi is back and trained, he looked pretty sharp,” said the Gers assistant [Rangers].
“Ryan Kent is obviously missing.
“Nathan Patterson has had an ankle issue since being away with Scotland so he trained and looked sharp this morning and will come into contention with a few others.”
But whilst the Gers are boosted by the return of two of their youngest and most exciting talents, the sounds surrounding one of the club’s most senior players are not quite so bright.
Ryan Jack has had a difficult year or so due to a recuring calf issue which was operated on prior to the summer but as McAllister explains, the player is yet to return to full squad training.
It wasn’t so much what McAllister said as the way that he said it and Rangers fans are none the wiser with regards when the player will return to the pitch.
“Jacko is just still missing from the training and he’s still working to get back to fitness,” said McAllister, in vague if not unconvincing comments.
Jack’s continuing absence from the Rangers squad is a major blow to the side and fans remain eager to get the player – once branded a “standard setter” by Steven Gerrard – back in the side.
Jack hasn’t played for Rangers since February and when the midfielder does return to the side, we’re sure he’ll be like a new signing.
However, whilst Jacko won’t be back for the visit of Livi, one Ibrox midfielder is set to be imminently handed more first-team opportunities according to Steven Gerrard.