Frank McAvennie has claimed that Ryan Jack will be “a big miss” for Rangers after the midfielder was ruled out for a number of weeks.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Celtic forward revealed that he was “a big admirer” of the 28-year-old who has “stepped up” over the past 18 months.

Gers manager Steven Gerrard today revealed that Jack could be sidelined for up to a month after he limped off with a calf problem in the win against Dundee United on Saturday.

He is set to miss Scotland’s game against Israel on 8 October and is now a major doubt for the first Old Firm clash of the season nine days later.

Jack has been integral to the Teddy Bears over the past two seasons and has started every game of the 2020/21 campaign to date.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the injury update, McAvennie said:

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“Jack is a very good player and he will be a miss, a big miss for Rangers. He has been doing great and playing really well.

“Steven Davis cannot play every game because he needs to have a rest but he has also shown that he is a very good player. Which I always knew he was. They certainly do not want him to get injured next.

“I was always a big admirer of Jack but the year before last he was not ready for Scotland. I did not think he was ready but now he has stepped up.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Speaking on the injury, Gerrard said: “Jacko will be missing for a few weeks at least. I think with him, we have to take it day-by-day.

“It is difficult to put on whether it will be two, three or four weeks at the moment, but he will certainly miss a couple of weeks.”

In other Rangers news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that 27-yr-old would be ‘tremendous’ as formal bid is readied.