By Dr Rajpal Brar

29th Apr, 2023 | 8:10am

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at Rangers...

Ryan Jack has not officially been ruled out for the rest of the season, but his fitness issues mean that he may not feature for Rangers, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert refuses to rule him out just yet even though Michael Beale claimed on 21 April that he will be out for up to four weeks.

The club’s last league of the season is on 27 May and if they beat Celtic on Sunday, 30 April, they will make the Scottish Cup final which will be played on 3 June.

Discussing his situation exclusively with Ibrox News, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, said “If the timeline is for mid-May then it’s difficult to rule him out for the season just yet but after multiple injury absences, his fitness levels may be the major constraint [for him to return this term] at that point.

The two main patterns in his fitness record with injuries are soft tissue injuries and knee problems.

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I’m not privy to detailed information and evaluations on his injuries, training, and off-pitch habits which would better inform that question of future fitness and potential contract extension with his deal running out this summer.

“His injury history and availability are certainly checkered but again, that’s on the outside looking in.”

Kemar Roofe and Tom Lawrence are already ruled out for the rest of the season and Jack could be the next one if he does not recover.

The 31-year-old has made 22 league appearances this season and has been a regular whenever he’s been fit, but those instances have been few and far between.

He also started two games of Rangers’ disastrous Champions League campaign that saw them bow out without getting a single point.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player this week.