STEVEN GERRARD delivered an extensive injury update at this morning’s press conference ahead of the visit of Hibs to Ibrox on Boxing Day.
He firstly gave disappointing news on Borna Barisic, explaining: “We have got a couple of bumps and knocks from yesterday, but nothing too serious except Borna Borna is ruled out for the next couple of games as he has a hamstring issue.
“That’s a blow for us as he has come back really strong and looked a class act on that left side. It’s an unfortunate one but we’ll deal with him, support him and give him the treatment he needs to get him back as soon as possible.”
On Ryan Jack, the manager continued: “He is still not perfect and still not great, but he is going to have a little go this morning and see how he feels from that. I think it will have to be a last-minute one with Ryan in terms of the decision, but we are hoping he will pull through as he has been tremendous for us and been really consistent.
“He has done a great job and he thoroughly deserves his extension on his deal. He has worked for that and he has earned that and he is a shining light for everyone else in the squad as he has been rewarded for all that hard work.”
And on Scott Arfield and Gareth McAuley, the manager said simply: “It’s too soon.”
Gerrard was also asked about Ryan Kent, and whether he would take a risk on any of his players for the matches with Hibs and Celtic this week.
He added: “Ryan is working hard with the physio – it’s a tough one as it’s one you can’t rush or force. Those who know hamstrings as well as I do, they are very tough ones at the back end of the rehab.
“He is not a million miles away but he is one that we are analysing basically every single day and he is progressing well.
“We are always prepared to listen to the player. If the player says he is prepared to take a small risk or a gamble, then of course, we will listen to it.
“But I always look to the medical department. They are the experts and I always look to my doctor and my physical coaches, and we make a collective decision.
“As a manager, you want to push them in a certain direction, but you also have to think about the care of the player, so we won’t take any unnecessary risks.
“But we have a slight advantage that there is a break after the next two games, so if anyone is a bit stiff and sore from taking these small risks and gambles, we have that to fall back on.
“But at the same time, we don’t want to be careless and rule someone out for weeks and months.”