Jackie McNamara claims that Rangers may have suffered a big blow by losing their standout player this season after Steven Gerrard’s update on midfielder Ryan Jack.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the 27-year-old has been the Light Blues’ best player this season with his performances in the middle of the park.

Kent was confirmed by Gerrard to be a doubt for their clash against Livingston after picking up a knee injury while on duty with the Scottish national team, the manager criticising the demands placed on him in training.

McNamara says that it is understandable that the Gers boss is so frustrated, insisting that the midfield enforcer has been the standout player at Ibrox so far and that losing him would be a bitter pill to swallow.


“Their best performer so far has been Jack,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“Ryan Jack’s had a good start to the season, like Celtic they’ve had good results both domestically and in Europe. It’s difficult to pick one player but Jack’s had a good start, that’s why Gerrard is so frustrated. He will be disappointed he’s got a player that’s not fit.”

Jack has missed just two games across all competitions for Rangers this season, with 11 appearances and a single goal under his belt.

He played 46 times in the league and cups throughout the last campaign, a number of niggling injury problems seeing him in and out of the side.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider he expects one Ibrox favourite to quit the club soon.