There was one notable absentee as Rangers defeated Livingston 3-1 at the Tony Macaroni with midfielder Ryan Jack not being risked as he continues his return from injury.

The infamous plastic pitch at the West Lothian ground is a notorious surface and not exactly a prime one for returning players who’ve just spent seven months on the treatment table.

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Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst took charge of the Gers for league duties for the first time against Livingston. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jack, 29, is one of Rangers’ most influential players but the club has been starved of the Scotland international’s involvement over the last few months.

Following seven months out due to a troublesome calf issue after surgery to fix the issue, the ex-Aberdeen captain returned in a second-half sub appearance against Ross County.

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The midfielder also came off the bench in the Premier Sports Cup semi-final defeat to Hibs but so far under manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Jacko is yet to be involved.

That’s despite Jack claiming he was fit and available ahead of the match with Sparta as he branded his return an “amazing feeling”.

Rangers star Ryan Jack not in squad for Livingston victory

“Sometimes over the last seven and eight months it felt like it was really far away and it was going to be a long time until I got that feeling again,” said Jack [Scotsman].

“I was grateful to get back on the pitch and just shows me that the hard work and disappointments over the past seven months, they were all for a reason and I managed to get back on the pitch.”

Included on the bench against Sparta, Jack dropped out completely against Livingston and it’s no surprise given the potential danger of the pitch and the limited spaces on the subs bench.

But Jack’s lack of involvement would do little to dampen proceedings for Rangers with the Ibrox side running out 3-1 winners against David Martindale’s team.

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Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack wasn’t involved in the win over Livingston. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Scott Arfield and Joe Aribo saw Rangers take an early 2-0 lead before Bruce Anderson pulled one back for Livingston before halftime.

Fashion Sakala then powered home the third from a James Tavernier corner to continue Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s winning start to life as Rangers boss.

One moment from the game has caught the eye of Rangers fans as they brand the incident – early on the first half – as “filth”.

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