Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has disclosed that he is still furious at the tackle by Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre which put him out of action for six months.
The 26-year-old had become a regular in the Gers side up until the challenge in a game in December but didn’t play again all season after the collision.
The former Aberdeen man ended up having a knee operation, and he feels that the crude challenge was deliberate.
“I thought it was a shocking tackle, to be honest” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There is no point me sitting and saying I thought it was a good challenge or an unlucky challenge, I thought he waited until I got the ball and then he knew he had a chance to hurt me and he did.
“I’ve watched it back and every time I saw it it’s not nice.”
Football Insider verdict
These are very strong claims from Ryan Jack, and his frustration is understandable, after missing six months of the season with a knee injury. Only Cedric Kipre himself will know himself if the challenge was deliberate or not, but it did not look good at the time. Jack had become a very important player for the Gers until the injury, and he is having to rebuild his career at Ibrox from scratch after the incident which kept him out for so long. It will be interesting to see if Motherwell and Kipre have any response to Jack’s claim, but you would have to imagine that they won’t be happy about it. If it comes down to a war of words between both clubs, they will each be backing their player involved in the tackle, and this story could yet run for a while yet, as Jack’s claim is certainly an explosive one. It underlines how annoyed he was that his career at Ibrox has stalled for six months.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are set to complete a loan deal for a new forward