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The Glasgow Rangers got a big boost when Steven Gerrard revealed that both Filip Helander and Ryan Jack could return to action ahead of the Europa League clash with Lech Poznan on Thursday night.
Rangers defender Helander has been forced to isolate himself after testing positive, while Jack has been sidelined after suffering a muscle injury in the Premiership win over Aberdeen.
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In his most recent press conference, the Ibrox boss admitted that he is hopeful that both players will be available for the selection, which will be good news for Rangers fans.
Gerrard said (via The Glasgow Times): “I need to do the right thing for the team. So let’s see how we recover from here.
“I hope to have Ryan Jack back and available, I hope Filip Helander is available again. I hope they both play a role. “
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Jack has been in great shape so far this season, although he has suffered his fair share of injury problems as he faced a race against time to participate in the first Old Firm derby of the season after retiring from the Europa League Squad in september with a calf injury.
The Rangers central midfielder later replaced Scott arfield with 28 minutes to go when Gerrard’s team stunned Celtic in their own backyard.
The Scottish international has stood out for his club and his country and played his role when Steve Clarke’s team ended a 22-year injury, before suffering another injury against his former club.
Gerrard was showered with praise about Jack after Scotland qualified for the European Championship, saying: “His consistency has been fantastic to watch and it’s no wonder with the way he goes about his daily routine and business.”
By Who scoredIn 13 Premiership appearances this season, Jack has made 1.1 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game, while averaging 79.5 passes per game: second-most passes of all Rangers players behind Connor Goldson.
In his absence, Steven Davis he has further cemented his place in the starting lineup, having started four of the last five games in a row.
However, Jack could be called into action should the Northern Ireland international sustain an injury or need a break, and he is expected to start from the bench.
There is no doubt that the timing could not be better for Gerrard as Rangers must match or improve Benfica’s result against Standard Liege to be crowned Group D champions as his team has a better head-to-head record. head against the Portuguese giants.
Jack’s display against Aberdeen in league action was further proof that he adds much-needed dynamism to the Gers midfield as he took 64 ball touches, provided 52 of 61 passes (85%), made a key pass and a tackle, according to SofaScore.
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