Pundit Exclusive: Rangers big name will be omitted for Celtic clash after big Ibrox update
Injured Rangers star Ryan Jack will not feature in the Old Firm clash on 2 January, even in the unlikely event that he gets minutes under his belt against St Mirren on Wednesday.
That’s the view of ex-Rangers full-back and lifelong fan Alan Hutton, who gave his verdict in exclusive conversation with Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
The 28-year-old has been out with a knee injury since 25 November, with manager Steven Gerrard forced to look elsewhere among his squad for the leadership and aggression he brings to the midfield.
Ibrox assistant manager Gary McAllister has revealed Jack is out of Wednesday night’s league clash against St Mirren as he works his way back from injury.
If Alan Hutton is correct in his assessment, he will be a big miss for the crucial Old Firm match on Saturday.
The 50-time Scotland international believes it is too soon to bring him back into the starting XI for such a crucial game.
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He told Football Insider: “Celtic is such a big game, I think you need the minutes in your legs before you even attempt to come in and play such a high stakes game.
“So at the moment I wouldn’t see him starting even if he does get minutes vs St Mirren I think it’s too much to ask coming back from such a layoff to be thrust into the spotlight of an Old Firm game.
“The injury layoff is maybe going on a little bit longer than we thought, but he was an integral part of the team before he picked up his injury.
“Still, I think with the way Rangers are playing at the moment it’s going to be very difficult for him to come back in.”
Jack signed for Rangers in 2017 as a free agent having amassed 250 appearances for Aberdeen.
Since then, he has missed almost 60 matches with various injuries but has been a vital cog in the Rangers machine when fully fit.