After being plagued by injury issues, Ryan Jack’s start to the season showed that he is capable of being a key part of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers revolution.
But then his body let him down again, which allowed the likes of Lassana Coulibaly to race ahead in the chase to form part of Gerrard’s new high-octane midfield.
That said, Coulibaly has been on thin ice for a little while now after his form tailed off right at the time when Rangers needed players to stand up and be counted.
So from that point of view, Jack’s injury return could not have come at a better time for Gerrard as he seeks to rejig his central midfield options; an area of the game he knows so well from his playing days.
Coulibaly is of course capable of providing the energy that Gerrard’s intense style demands, but Jack’s technical quality is superior.
Gerrard must manage the playmaker’s gametime and workload carefully after the injury problems he has endured, but at the moment, there’s no doubt that he’s a better option than the Malian powerhouse.
Jack’s passing range will come to the fore especially in Europe when Rangers need to keep the ball more; but his return could not have been timed any better to offer his manager a major boost.