Alan Hutton has tipped Steven Gerrard to consider playing Ryan Jack as a right-back for Rangers after the international break.
The former Gers full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 29-year-old could fill in as a makeshift option if James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson are unavailable.
As confirmed via on update on the SFA website, Patterson, as well as the other members of the ‘Party Five’, will have their hearing over their lockdown breach on Thursday (25 March).
Having seen the likes of Jordan Jones, George Edmundson and Boli Bolingoli suspended for similar rule-breaking this season, the quintet are expected to be handed lengthy bans.
The 19-year-old has played regularly over the past month in Tavernier’s absence.
The Gers’ captain has been missing since mid-February with a knee injury and does not yet have a return date set.
Hutton admitted he has not been convinced by natural centre-back Leon Balogun filling in on the right-hand side of the defence.
As such, he suggested Jack could fill in as a makeshift option moving forward.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I’m sat here thinking who? Who can do that? Tavernier, they won’t want to risk him, obviously Patterson’s likely to get a ban.
“You’ve got the likes of Ryan Jack who has gone in and done it before. We know he’s very aggressive, he is very defensively aware of what’s about him. I think he could do that job.
“We know he’s been injured so whether he could come back in and fill in, I think he’s another option.
“I’m pretty sure Gerrard will look at him and think he’s an option for right-back. He has got people that can play that position, so I don’t see it being a huge worry.
“Maybe if Rangers were still going for the league, it could be a problem. I think he has got options and Steven Gerrard will be happy with the ones he’s got.”