By Doug Ward

14th Oct, 2021 | 11:40am

Derek McInnes shares what Ryan Jack told him about injury timescale at Rangers

Ryan Jack expected to return from injury in August, former Rangers midfielder Derek McInnes has revealed.

Jack, 29, has not played for the Gers this season with the midfielder last pulling on the club’s colours in February.

Last term, the ex-Aberdeen ace managed just 24 appearances in all competitions due to continual injury issues.

Former Aberdeen manager McInnes says Rangers have missed Jack’s influence this season and revealed a conversation he had with the central midfielder about the timescale of his injury.

“I think Ryan, through his performances over the last year or two, has shown most Rangers fans and certainly the manager that he is such a key player for them,” said McInnes, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Even more so, this season, when he hasn’t played you can see how much he has been missed.

“When he is available, it does allow Rangers to maybe use Steven Davis a wee bit more strategically to keep him fresh because both players are very similar in how they play the game. They are like a metronome in the middle of the pitch and they are everybody’s first pass in the team.

“For me, Ryan makes every team he plays in better. He made my Aberdeen team better. He makes Rangers better when he plays and he makes Scotland better.

“He is a top, top player and hasn’t had his troubles to seek with injury. This latest injury has taken a bit longer to clear up than he’d have hoped.

“He was so disappointed to miss the Euros. I know he was gutted about that.

“I spoke to him the week before the Malmo game and he thought he was only a week or two away from being back at that point, so he’s obviously had a little setback. It would be great for him to get back.”

We need him back

If there’s one thing that we’ve learned this season, it’s that we’ve missed Jack badly.

Steven Gerrard’s men have underperformed in the opening months of this campaign with the Gers dropping out of the Champions League, qualifying for the Europa League by the skin of their teeth, losing both of their group stage matches and seeing their unbeaten league run come to an end at the hands of Dundee United.

While we are top of the Premiership, we’re only one point clear of unbeaten Hearts, who travel to Ibrox on Saturday.

When we do win, we’re making hard work of it by either coming from behind or narrowly winning by one goal.

Of course, all that matters at the end of the day are the three points. However, we can only keep on being so lucky for a certain amount of time.

Jack is someone who calms our midfield down, dictates matches and also provides extra cover for the defence.

We need him back as soon as possible but we don’t want to risk him being rushes so he suffers yet another setback.

In other Rangers news, three players are set to be axed from Gerrard’s starting line-up against Hearts.