The Rangers fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping they can take a leaf out of Hearts’ book and manage to beat Celtic later on today, hopefully ending their truly dreadful run of form against their bitter rivals since promotion back into the top flight.
Though Brendan Rodgers’ men have certainly looked susceptible to a slip-up of late, Graeme Murty and his men will need to be on top form for the short trip across to Parkhead and a certain summer signing provides the Gers’ caretaker boss with a selection dilemma.
Indeed, Ryan Jack seems tailor-made for the Old Firm derby in a holding midfield role, though the former Aberdeen man’s disciplinary record in big games has proven rather worrisome this season. While the Scotland international is thought to be injured after limping off against Motherwell last weekend, some reports suggest he could be in line to start against the SPFL champions.
That’s not something Murty should be looking for. Jack is certainly an effective midfielder, someone who can win the ball back before launching counter-attacks, though his fiery performances in other big games this season, such as against his former club and another huge rival – Hibernian – have resulted in red cards.
Granted, two of his four dismissals this term have been rescinded. However, previous form suggests Jack would give the referee something to think about on Saturday if selected. Clearly, the 25-year-old brings a lot to the side, though the risks outweigh the positives in a match where Rangers need to put on the very top of their game to get anything from it.
Murty could do without the dilemma indeed.
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