Rangers might have been dealt a fitness blow during the international break. The in-form Ryan Jack has been sent home from Scotland duty after being ruled out of tonight’s game with Belgium (The Scottish Sun).
Steve Clarke’s men were beaten 2-1 by Russia on Friday evening and face the thankless task of taking something off Roberto Martinez’s team tonight.
Jack took a knock to his knee ahead of the disappointing defeat to Russia and after not getting on the pitch, Clarke confirmed his departure from the squad.
He told The Scottish Sun: “Ryan has gone back to Rangers. He had a little bit of swelling on his knee on Friday and was prepared to sit on the bench.
“On Saturday there was more swelling and Rangers decided to go safety first.
Jack, 27, has been in tremendous form for the Gers this season.
The former Aberdeen man has played every minute of each league game for the Gers this season.
His form in the middle of the park has been a joy to behold and he would be sorely missed should he miss any games.
Jack has just the two Scotland caps to his name and Clarke would have loved to be able to call upon him this evening.
It seems a case of mission impossible at Hampden this evening; although Eden Hazard is missing for the Belgians.
Rangers face Livingston on Saturday and Gerrard will hope for some positive news on the injury front ahead of the Ibrox contest.
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Jack has played in each league game and he has also missed just one game in the club’s run to the group stages of the Europa League.
Gerrard knows his team must bounce back from the crushing loss to Celtic and losing Jack isn’t ideal.
His squad these days is good, however, and Jack’s absence will hand someone else the chance to step-up.