Scotland fans are pining for Rangers star Ryan Jack after their latest World Cup Qualifying Group F setback on Sunday evening.

The Gers midfielder was initially named in Steve Clarke’s squad for a trio of qualifying fixtures but was forced to withdraw just days before the campaign opener against Austria due to injury.

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Jack picked up the injury in a Premiership fixture against Dundee United at Ibrox in February. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While he is an important player at club level, Rangers have managed to cope in his absence for several lengthy periods this season. The same can’t be said for the national team, though.

The 29-year-old is an established member of Scotland’s strongest XI and although there are several Premier League midfielders in the squad, as Clarke noted last week, the Ibrox star brings unique qualities to the table [Herald].

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Scotland have sorely missed his energy, combativeness and ability on the ball from a deep-lying role, with their World Cup hopes already hanging by a thread.

They had to come from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw with Austria at Hampden on Thursday, before only managing a 1-1 draw with Israel in Tel-Aviv on Sunday.

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Scotland fans are pining for Rangers midfielder Jack after their latest qualifying setback. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The results have left Scotland third in Group F behind Denmark and Austria, with a must-win home fixture against the Faroe Islands coming up on Wednesday, although the damage may already be done.

It’s been a disappointing week following the high of qualifying for the European Championships and many fans feel the absence of Jack has been a key factor.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

Jack has now been sidelined for over a month but will be targeting a return at the weekend when Rangers take on Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

Meanwhile, a fellow Rangers star’s World Cup hopes have been boosted after a second consecutive impressive international display.

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