'Will be Massive blow for Rangers' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to big Ibrox update pre-Celtic
Ryan Jack’s latest injury setback will be a big concern for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard ahead of Saturday’s Old Firm, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker said it would be a “massive blow” for the Light Blues if the 28-year-old is ruled out of the top-of-the-table clash.
Jack has been out of action since injuring his knee in a 4-0 win over his former side Aberdeen at Ibrox last month.
The club were hopeful he would be fit to face Hibernian on Boxing Day but Gerrard later revealed that the midfielder was not ready to return.
Whelan suggested that the league leaders will be desperate for the experienced Jack to return ahead of Saturday’s clash with Celtic.
“It is going to be a massive blow if he is not ready for the Old Firm game,” he told Football Insider.
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“He is a player that can have a big influence on the game. We all know the quality he possesses. He is tenacious and he creates. You are always going to miss a big player like that.
“He is a player who knows what the Old Firm is all about, who has that experience and can handle the pressure. This game is a different atmosphere all together. It is a different kind of pressure.
“Steven Gerrard will be hoping he is alright but it is still Rangers to lose.”