For Glasgow Rangers and Steven Gerrard, this season hasn’t exactly been a big problem.
In fact, it has been quite the opposite for the Ibrox side. They have been absolutely fabulous and are on track to end Celtic’s immaculate dominance of Scottish football.
Rangers are currently 13 points clear of their huge rivals and if they do indeed secure the title it will be their first in a decade.
It has been a long way back for the Glaswegians but Steven Gerrard is masterminding a phenomenal revival for the Light Blues.
Yet, in the last 48 hours, a few issues have begun to emerge.
Alfredo Morelos was handed a two-game suspension for using an elbow violently against Dundee United and as a result, Gerrard needs to choose someone different in attack.
Unfortunately, there was also bad news on midfielder Ryan Jack this week – someone who seemingly can’t catch a break.
Speaking about Jack’s injury ahead of the clash with St Mirren in the League Cup, Gerrard stated: “Still no Ryan Jack, he is moving along but not ready. Everyone else is available except Katic.”
The 28-year-old now hasn’t played since the back end of November when Rangers beat Aberdeen 4-0. He hasn’t exactly been too big a loss, but his fitness is now a huge issue for the football club.
The fact of the matter is that Jack spends far too much time on the treatment table. Since the start of last season, he has had six different problems – predominantly knee issues. Since he joined Rangers in 2017/18, he has missed 244 days and been absent for 51 matches.
That isn’t ideal and unfortunately, it has us thinking back to Jordan Rossiter, another midfielder who spent plenty of time out injured.
During his stint in Glasgow, the ex-Liverpool man missed a whopping 94 outings. It only takes another big injury for Jack to reach a similar sort of tally.
It’s a shame, especially for someone who is such a big influence at Ibrox. Speaking about him in October 2019, Gary McAllister commented: “For me, he has been unbelievable from day one. He has improved no-end, and you are seeing a midfield player gathering loads of information, experience and being given a bit of responsibility he’s maybe not had in the past.”
The fact he can’t string a decent run of games together, therefore, is a source of huge frustration.
He is important to Rangers but how long can the club continue to persist with someone who picks up fitness concerns so regularly?
It’s a tricky situation.