Ryan Jack’s return is certainly timely, but is it worth risking him against Livingston on Saturday?
Jack was snapped back in training yesterday. This came just a week or so after pulling out of the Scotland squad with a knee injury. Jack subsequently missed two huge victories for his national side, in what was such an unfortunate knock.
He’s one of Rangers’ star men these days, and any injury worry is a big concern. Fortunately, it looks as though he’s managed to shrug it off ahead of Saturday’s match with Livingston.
Yet, is it really worth fielding him against Gary Holt’s aggressive side?
Firstly, off the bat, there’s nothing wrong with Livingston’s style of play. They’re combative and they have a system that’s working for them. Therefore, it’s certainly nobodies business to tell them how they should play.
But, this style could spell danger for the returning Jack. Livi are likely to try and get stuck into Rangers from the first whistle and make their midfield uncomfortable. This will, as you can imagine, contain some heavy challenges on Rangers men.
Scott Pittman and Shaun Byrne in particular are two energetic terriers for their side. They chase everything down and make sure their opponents can feel their force.
A big decision
Steven Gerrard should think wisely about his next move for Saturday regarding Jack. Considering just how many injury set-backs the Rangers star has had over the last year, should he simply miss out?
The Ibrox side have an incredibly important December month ahead. Jack will play a huge part in making sure Rangers put on good shows against the likes of Hibernian, Aberdeen, Hearts, and Celtic respectively.
Rangers need him to be at peak level, as there isn’t another player who can come in and do his job so efficiently. Considering how much possession goes through him, particularly at Ibrox, he could be subject to some nasty treatment at the weekend.
It’s not as if there aren’t replacements ready and willing to be thrown in ahead of Jack. Lassana Coulibaly is eager for another shot, and will be the main candidate. There’s also Ross McCrorie and Jordan Rossiter waiting in the wings for a shot, although the latter is also probably best avoiding Livingston.
Rangers should win this contest at Ibrox without Jack. Therefore, there should be no need to rush him straight back int0 the first-team.
Would you keep Jack rested for Livingston this weekend, or is it a risk worth taking?