Ryan Jack will be “gutted” despite Rangers finding a solution to his injury problem, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 29-year-old would struggle to see the positive after such a crushing blow.
As confirmed on Friday, Jack has been ruled out for the rest of Rangers’ season, as well as Scotland’s European Championship campaign.
🎙️ SG: On Ryan Jack, the bad news is he is ruled out for the rest of the season and unfortunately the Euros. Bad news for Scotland as he has been phenomenal
The good news is we have found a solution to his problem, all being well he should be good to return in pre-season.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 16, 2021
However, Steven Gerrard suggested there was “good news” in that the club had got to the root of Jack’s layoff.
The midfielder has been missing since February with a calf problem that also hampered him back in September.
Whelan insisted Rangers were right not to take a gamble on managing the problem any longer.
However, he suggested Jack might not agree with his manager’s comments about it being “good news”.
Asked if there was a silver lining to the setback, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “On one side, yes. Don’t tell me he won’t be absolutely gutted though that he is not at the Euros.
“They don’t know when they’re going to qualify again. It was maybe a one-off opportunity that he might get to play in the Euros.
“It’s come to a point where it needs to be rectified. He may have got through the Euros with this niggle but, you can never take a risk on an injury like that.
“It’s hard to be competitive, it puts far too much strain on the body.
“Your calf muscle takes a lot of stress and strain when you’re running and putting your body weight on it and pushing off and so on.”