Alan Hutton has raised fears over a potential injury “setback” for Rangers after Ryan Jack pulled out of the Scotland squad.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Ibrox defender suggested a break from playing could help the midfielder get back to full fitness quicker.
As confirmed on Sunday, the 29-year-old has withdrawn from the Scotland squad for the current international break.
Scotland squad update:
OUT: Ryan Jack pic.twitter.com/2OpcHGaj52
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) March 22, 2021
Jack has not played for Rangers since coming off after just 27 minutes in the 4-1 win over Dundee United.
Steven Gerrard revealed he was hoping to have the midfielder back from his calf injury for the second leg against Slavia Prague.
However, the former Aberdeen man must now wait until the Scottish Cup tie against Cove Rangers to make a potential comeback.
Hutton admitted he feared Jack may have suffered a setback in his recovery but insisted the gap in fixtures could give him time to get back to action.
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “We all thought at the ground for the second leg against Slavia that Jack could possibly come back in.
“Then we heard of the injury and he wasn’t quite ready or maybe he had a setback. This gives him the opportunity, pulling out the Scotland squad, to have another week, 10 days.
“He’s got time, whether it be fitness work, resting up or whatever he needs, to get himself back fit.”
Jack has already missed large parts of the season with knee and calf injuries.
As such, he has managed to feature in just half of Rangers’ 48 games across all competitions.