Hutton: Rangers hit by 'huge loss' impacting Goldson after Ibrox update
Alan Hutton has admitted Ryan Jack has been a “huge loss” for Rangers after an injury update this week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender insisted Steven Gerrard’s side have missed the midfielder’s defensive nous.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday (21st September), Gary McAllister confirmed Jack is still out of action.
However, he is working on getting back up to full fitness.
The midfielder has been missing since February with a persistent calf injury.
He underwent surgery on the issue back in May.
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Hutton admitted Rangers have struggled to replicate their impressive rearguard performances of last season.
He suggested Jack’s absence has played a major part.
Discussing Rangers’ defensive frailties, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The main thing from last year, for me, is Ryan Jack’s missing.
“I think he’s a huge loss. If you watch the game on Sunday (v Motherwell), Tavernier and Barisic are high up the pitch and Kevin van Veen picks up the ball in behind Tavernier.
“In those kind of spaces, Ryan Jack fills them last season. He goes back into position and covers for the likes of Tavernier. That didn’t happen.
“There was a gap in behind, you need to show him down the line which he wasn’t. He was shown infield which makes Connor Goldson come right out his comfort zone into a wide area.
“Jack Simpson is slow to recognise where the danger is and move across. He can’t cover Goldson who has went out wide. It’s just a kind of mistake after mistake.
“You’re chasing your tail a little bit to try and get a block in. These are the things that seem to be rearing their ugly head game after game.
“It’s simple things but if every single player is making just a little mistake it creates a bigger mistake. From the outside looking in, Ryan Jack is a huge loss.
“He’s very good defensively, he can sniff out danger, can close down spaces really well. They need him back to try and get back into that defensive shape and really help out the team.”