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Alex McLeish has predicted that Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack may not be fully fit until the start of the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season.

The Bears enforcer has suffered from numerous problems during this campaign and has been ruled out of this current international break with Scotland.

McLeish believes it will be one continuous problem harming Jack, and that he needs to recover to 100% before jumping back into the action at Ibrox.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It seems to be an ongoing saga for Ryna over this seaosn.

“In terms of injuries and one particular problem, maybe it is calf or hamstring. He is certainly a player who has progressed under Steven Gerrard.

“As have all the midfielders, I’m not saying they miss Ryan, in certain games they do, but they do have tremendous cover.

“For Ryan’s peace of mind, I think it will be great if he could clear up all of these ongoing injury issues, and maybe that can happen for next season.”

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Major setback.

There aren’t many better than Jack at his role up and down the country.

Steven Gerrard has moulded the pit bull-like midfielder into a lesser version of himself, and we saw glimpses of that with his couple of goals over Christmas and the New Year in his first return from injury.

It was always a risk to call him into the Scotland squad this month, and it did raise some eyebrows when he was on the list, with his withdrawal inevitable.

Jack needs time to recover, but we hope it isn’t time that will take us to next season.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish delighted as Glen Kamara confirms new contract talks

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