Giovanni van Bronckhorst has confirmed that Ryan Jack will return to the Rangers squad for Saturday’s Premiership fixture against Dundee [Rangers FC Twitter].
Jack returned from a long spell on the sidelines last month, making substitute appearances against Ross County and Hibernian.
However, he’s yet to feature under GvB and has only made one of three matchday squads.
The manager allayed fears that the Scotland international had suffered an injury setback prior to the midweek win over Hibs and he has now confirmed that after leaving him out of trips to the Tony Macaroni Arena and Easter Road, the midfielder will return to the matchday 18 to take on the Dee.
‘Ryan (Jack) will be in the squad tomorrow,’ he said [Rangers FC Twitter]. ‘Of course, he hasn’t played a lot of games the last few months.’
‘We know he can add good things to the playing squad but we also know he has to build up his minutes to return to full fitness.’
Ryan Jack to return to Rangers squad vs Dundee
This is welcome news for Rangers fans, who were growing concerned by Jack’s lack of involvement during GvB’s first few weeks at the club.
It’s understandable that the manager wouldn’t want to risk the midfielder if he didn’t think he was quite up to speed yet, especially on Livingston’s artificial surface.
A home game against an in-form but very beatable Dundee side does look like a good opportunity to give him some playing time, though, as does the upcoming Europa League tie against Lyon, given that the final Group A standings have already been confirmed.
A start is unlikely for the 29-year-old on Saturday but half an hour off the bench could do him the world of good.