Rangers boss Graeme Murty has said that Ryan Jack’s potentially season-ending injury is the opportunity for another to stake their claim for a first team role at Ibrox.
The Light Blues’s summer signing has been dealt a hammer blow after being forced to undergo surgery on a knee injury suffered in last month’s clash against Motherwell, with the operation set to see him sit the rest of the campaign out on the sidelines.
The Gers manager confirmed just how disappointed both he and the player were at the devastating news, but delivered a silver lining by saying that his absence could see the rise of another midfielder to take his place.
He told the Herald: “Ryan has been great for us and he is really disappointed, as he should be.
“He is a bit down, but we understand the qualities that he has. He has been fantastic for us this season. He will be a big miss.
“But, as I have always said, it is an opportunity for someone else to come into a very competitive midfield area.”
Jack has been a regular in the Rangers midfield since arriving on a free transfer from Aberdeen over the summer, with the 25-year-old having made 21 appearances across all competitions, chipping in with two assists but also picking up four red cards, two of which were rescinded on appeal.
Murty has bolstered his options in the centre of the park during the winter transfer window, with Sean Goss and Greg Docherty both joining, the Queens Park Rangers loanee starting in the club’s midweek clash against Aberdeen.