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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst must ditch Ryan Jack

Glasgow Rangers bounced back yesterday with another crucial Premiership victory following the Ibrox side’s European humiliation last Wednesday evening.

It was far from pretty against Motherwell, with Rangers stuttering to a 2-1 win, but it is another three points on the board, although the Old Firm outfit were missing a few players through injury.

Connor Goldson was the most notable absentee after his injury against Liverpool, but Ryan Jack also went off with a problem on Wednesday, giving Giovanni van Bronckhorst a big decision to make over the coming months.

Van Bronckhorst should ditch Jack

This isn’t a decision that the Dutchman will be taking lightly, especially with the midfielder still arguably in the prime of his career, but his injury record has to be taken into consideration.

Since signing for the club in the summer of 2017, Jack has missed a total of 110 matches for the Ibrox side, a staggering amount in just five seasons. His recent injury sustained against Liverpool will mean he could be out for a further 15, missing a crucial part of the season.

Jack was one of the only shining lights to emerge from Pedro Cainxinha’s reign in Glasgow and he has played an integral part in the club winning their first Premiership title for ten years in 2020/2021.

During that campaign, he averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.14, scoring twice including a stunning volley against Kilmarnock to secure a vital 1-0 victory.

He also had a pass success rate of 90%, took 79.7 touches on average per game, and made one key pass each match also, showcasing his ability to circulate the ball effectively, which was key under Steven Gerrard’s system.

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Journalist Jordan Campbell previously dubbed the player as “outstanding” but his recent performances have been far from it. A rating of just 6.55 via SofaScore suggests that he might be out of his depth at Champions League level and this could be another factor in Van Bronckhorst’s decision.

It would be a shame for his Ibrox career to end with him being released for free, but poor performances combined with a woeful injury record means it’s looking increasingly likely that it will end that way.