Glasgow Rangers have been handed a double injury boost with several key players ready to return for Saturday’s clash with Ross County.
Steven Gerrard has been dealing with a lengthy injury list this season but the Rangers manager confirmed Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe have returned to first-team training and could make a return to action against Ross County after recovering from injury.
The midfielder hasn’t featured for Rangers since the 4-0 thrashing of his former club Aberdeen last year after he suffered a further delay to his comeback from a knee injury.
However, Gerrard is expecting Jack to be passed fit to return to the Rangers squad against Ross County.
Kemar Roofe has missed Rangers’ last two games but the Jamaican has made a full recovery and will also be back in contention on Saturday afternoon.
Whilst the Ibrox boss will be delighted to be teaming up with Jack again, his return to fitness is bound to bring with it some selection headaches, which could cause Gerrard a few sleepless nights.
The 28-year-old has made 123 appearances for Rangers, scoring nine goals and supplying eleven assists after making his debut in 2017.
He has become an increasingly influential figure for the Gers and steered Gerrard’s side to a remarkable 1-0 victory over Celtic to inflict Brendan Rodgers’ first defeat in the Old Firm derby.
But the problem is the fact that Rangers are well-stocked in the midfield after the addition of Bongani Zungu and the resurgence of Steven Davis.
Throw Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara into the mix, and you can see the problem Gerrard faces, and that’s without even mentioning the injured Scott Arfield.
Davis has been in imperious form since the start of this season, netting one goal in 28 games from the defensive midfield, but it’s hard to justify signing Zungu on an initial loan deal with the option to buy if he’s largely restricted to substitute appearances.
Similarly, Jack also has a point to prove after yet another injury-stricken campaign. He earnt praise from Gerrard for his performance against Israel, and will want to nail down a starting berth having been absent for a large chunk of the season so far.
We certainly don’t envy Gerrard his decision, that’s for sure.