Alan Hutton believes Ryan Jack will be bitterly disappointed to have been left out of the Rangers starting XI against Celtic despite winning back his place tonight.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender admits he thinks Steven Gerrard made the right call dropping the 28-year-old for Steven Davis in Saturday’s win.
Jack, who had started the win over Ross County, came off the bench to play just under 30 minutes in the 2-0 victory at Parkhead.
Gerrard chose to start Davis alongside Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield in the centre of the park, with the Canada international playing a crucial role in the Light Blues’ second goal.
Hutton believes Jack will have been left stewing over being snubbed by the manager but insists the Scotland star still has a major role to play over the coming weeks.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously he’ll have been disappointed to miss out (v Celtic) but if you look at the midfield, with Davis, Kamara and Arfield that started, they’ve been in excellent form.
“This is what you need, you need every player at top form if you’re going to challenge, whether it be the Europa League or the actual league.
“He would have been disappointed not to start but I think Steven Gerrard is going to have to assess his team. You know what it’s like, you go into a European game then you’re back into a league game then back into Europe – there’s a lot of fixtures, big fixtures, coming up.
“Gerrard’s the type of guy that will tell his squad everybody’s needed.”
Jack has started eight of his nine Premiership appearances this season, while he featured as a substitute in the Europa League qualifier with Galatasaray.
He was also named in the Rangers starting XI for their Europa League clash against Standard Liege this evening.
In other Rangers news, Hutton has been left over the moon by brief sighting of Ibrox ace.