Glasgow Rangers have received a major boost as Steven Gerrard revealed that both Filip Helander and Ryan Jack could return to action ahead of the Europa League clash with Lech Poznan on Thursday night.
Rangers defender Helander has been forced to self-isolate after testing positive, whilst Jack has been sidelined after he picked up a muscle injury in the Premiership win over Aberdeen.
In his most recent press conference, the Ibrox boss admitted that he is hopeful that both players will be available for selection, which will be welcome news for Rangers fans.
Gerrard said (via The Glasgow Times): “I need to do the right thing for the squad. So let’s see how we recover from here.
“I’m hoping to have Ryan Jack back and available, I’m hoping Filip Helander will be available again. I’m hoping they will both play some part.”
Jack has been in great form so far this season, although he has suffered his fair share of injury problems, as he faced a race against time to feature in the first Old Firm derby of the season after pulling out of the Europa League squad in September with a calf injury.
The Rangers central midfielder then replaced Scott Arfield with 28 minutes left to spare as Gerrard’s side stunned Celtic in their own back yard.
The Scotland international has excelled for club and country and played his part as Steve Clarke’s side ended 22 years of hurt, before he sustained yet another injury against his former club.
Gerrard heaped praise on Jack after Scotland qualified for the European Championships, saying: “His consistency has been fantastic to see and it’s no surprise with the way he goes about his daily routine and business.”
Per WhoScored, in 13 appearances in the Premiership this season, Jack has made 1.1 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game, whilst he is averaging 79.5 passes per game – the second-highest amount of passes of all the Rangers players behind Connor Goldson.
In his absence, Steven Davis has further cemented his place in the starting line-up, having started four of the past five games in a row.
However, Jack could be called into action should the Northern Ireland international suffer an injury or need a rest, and he is expected to start from the bench.
There’s no doubt the timing couldn’t be better for Gerrard as Rangers must match or better Benfica’s result against Standard Liege to be crowned Group D winners as his side boast a better head-to-head record against the Portuguese giants.
Jack’s display against Aberdeen in league action was further proof he adds some much-needed dynamism to the Gers midfield, as he took 64 touches of the ball, provided 52 out of 61 passes (85%), made one key pass and one tackle, as per SofaScore.
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