Rangers have been dealt a major blow ahead of their trip to Ross County after Ryan Jack was all but ruled out of the fixture by Steven Gerrard [RangersTV].
Jack is a key part of the Gers midfield but has been sidelined since picking up a muscle injury in the 4-0 Premiership win over Aberdeen last month.
So far, he’s missed fixtures against Benfica, Falkirk and Standard Liege and although the manager said earlier in the week that the Scotland international had a good chance of facing the Staggies, the game is set to come too soon for him.
“Jack is not, basically, progressing as quickly as we would like,” he said [RangersTV]. “So I don’t think he’ll be available for the weekend.”
“Helander is still missing for obvious reasons. Everyone else should pull through from last night. We’ve got a couple that have got minor knocks but they shouldn’t rule them out for the weekend.”
It’s a big blow for Rangers that Jack looks set to miss at least another game, especially given that Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Glen Kamara all played close to the full 90 minutes against Standard Liege on Thursday night.
However, Joe Aribo made his return from a minor illness against the Belgian club while Bogani Zungu is fully fit and provides another option, should the manager want to freshen things up in the middle of the park.
The “obvious reasons” referred to by the manager for Filip Helander’s absence is that the defender is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Gers go into Sunday’s game on a 24-match unbeaten run but they will be wary of the threat posed by County, following their 2-0 win at Parkhead last weekend.