Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is now a big injury doubt for the upcoming derby against Celtic in October, Glasgow Live has reported on Wednesday.
The Scotland international was one of the Ibrox players who had to be substituted off against Dundee United at the weekend and a scan has confirmed he is set to be missing for a period of a few weeks, at least.
Steven Gerrard said, as quoted by Glasgow Live: “Jacko will be missing for a few weeks, at least. I think with Jacko we need to take it day-by-day, but we have had confirmation that he has a calf problem.
“He’ll definitely be missing in the short term. It’s difficult to say whether it will be two, three, four weeks at the moment. But he’ll certainly miss a couple of weeks.”
Celtic host Rangers at Celtic Park in just over a month’s time on October 17th, meaning Jack will be doing well to make it back in time and have the match sharpness to feature.
Jack has been ever-present in Gerrard’s team so far this season and, when fit, has been a go-to player for a number of years.
Clearly then his absence is a significant blow to their preparations, as well as their midfield over the next few weeks in other matches.
When you consider that Joe Aribo is also a major doubt for the Parkhead fixture, the squad depth at Ibrox is beginning to look a little shallow.
Ultimately Neil Lennon and his team will only be focused on what they can control and won’t give much though to Jack, Aribo or the rest of Gerrard’s players.
If we turn up and play the best we can at Celtic Park, we should hopefully have too much for them.
After some closely-contested derbies last season, the champions have a point to prove.