Steven Gerrard has expressed his concern over the injuries picked up by Rangers duo Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack.
Jack has been out for an extended period in December, with Arfield being forced off only minutes after coming on in the 1-0 win over Hibernian on Saturday.
With important games coming up against both St. Mirren and Celtic in the next week, Rangers could be without this vital midfield duo.
Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times after the game, it was confirmed that there was serious concern over Arfield’s fitness.
“He’s a brave kid so I’m concerned about it. We’ll assess it,” he said.
Gerrard also went on to confirm that the Bears are having fresh trouble with Ryan Jack, with his spell on the sideline set to be extended.
“We are having a few issues with his recovery and I’m frustrated with it.
“We don’t have a timeframe on his recovery. We need him back as he is an important player for us.”
With the Celtic game around the corner, this could be a huge blow.
Joe Aribo and Ianis Hagi have burst back onto the scene in recent weeks, so that should cover the likes of Arfield and those attacking runs into the box – something that the Romanian benefitted from against Hibs.
Losing Jack will be a bigger concern.
The Scottish international is the main defensive midfielder at Ibrox and is that one player who can make a big tackle in the heart of the side, which is something which can hand a huge boost to a side in tough games such as the Old Firm.
According to WyScout, Jack has won over 70% of his defensive duels, as well as averaging nearly five interceptions in every outing.
They are great stats, and we all cross our fingers that both will be fit for the Old Firm.
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