Ryan Jack’s return from injury will be a “massive boost” for Rangers over the festive period, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Celtic and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted that he is a “big fan” of the 28-year-old when he plays for Scotland.

Gers assistant boss Gary McAllister revealed prior to Wednesday night’s 3-0 win at St Johnstone that the centre-midfielder is expected to be fit to face Hibernian on Boxing Day.

Jack has been out of action for just over a month after he suffered a knee injury in the impressive 4-0 win over his former side Aberdeen at Ibrox.

The experienced Steven Davis has excelled in Jack’s absence and played a key role in the victory at McDiarmid Park.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the latest news coming out of Ibrox, McAvennie said: “It’s a massive boost for them.

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“Hopefully he comes straight back into the team and he’s a bit rusty!

“Even though he plays for the opposite side, I am a big fan of his when he plays for Scotland.

“He has does the simple things well. He can control the game. The boy is doing well.” 

Speaking on Jack’s return, McAllister told Glasgow Live: “Ryan Jack has had a couple days training which is a big boost.

“We are hopeful he makes the squad for Boxing Day against Hibs and also Alfredo returns to the squad.”

In other news, Rangers have been backed to seal two January signings after a £6.6million windfall is revealed.