Rangers set for 'huge boost' after 'massive' Jack update - Hutton
Alan Hutton has claimed Rangers are in line for a “huge boost” with Ryan Jack set for an imminent return to training.
The former Gers star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 29-year-old has been a “massive” miss for Steven Gerrard this season.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Thursday’s game against Brondby, Gerrard confirmed Jack should be back in training “around the Aberdeen match” at the end of the month.
The midfielder has been missing for Rangers since February as a result of a persistent calf problem.
He underwent surgery in May to address the issue.
Rangers face Brondby and St Mirren before taking on Aberdeen next week (27th October).
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Hutton admitted Rangers would have to manage Jack’s comeback carefully.
However, he insisted the Scotland international’s return would be a major lift for everyone at Ibrox.
Discussing Jack’s prospective return, the Rangers TV pundit told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’ll be absolutely massive. He’s such a huge loss to that side.
“Last season, I think the defence was unbelievable and a large part of that was due to Jack playing. He sniffs out danger, he can cover in at full-back if the likes of Tavernier break forward.
“They’ve missed that this year. Gaps have opened up and that is his job to break things down and get the ball moving forward.
“To know that he’s coming back will be a huge boost, not just for the team but for Steven Gerrard.
“Moving forward, he will have to be careful with him. You can’t just throw him in at the deep end, expect him to hit the ground running and everything to be okay.
“You have to bed him in gently. We know he’s been out for a long time. It will take him a certain amount of matches to get up to game speed.
“They’ll have to monitor his progress as it goes on but a huge boost for everyone involved at the club.”