After Andy Halliday bridged the gap between the defence and the midfield, we now move firmly into the engine room with Ryan Jack.

The 27-year-old may have made the switch to Ibrox from Pittodrie in 2017, but it was this season in which he came of age as a Rangers player.

Jack struggled with injury and disciplinary problems during his first season in Glasgow. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

He made 46 appearances across the campaign.

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That’s only bettered by a handful of players such as James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, and Daniel Candeias. It’s proof he’s been very much at the heart of Gerrard’s plans.

One noticeable improvement in his game is the lack of disciplinary issues.

He picked up zero red cards and just six yellows across the season. That’s a stark improvement upon four reds and two yellows in 22 appearances in 2017/18.

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Jack has clearly matured and that increased understanding of his own game translates into improved performances.

 

In December, particularly, he looked a class apart at times. Even in defeat away at Rapid Vienna, he excelled.

The midfielder looked at home in European competition that evening. (Photo by Johann Schwarz/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Then, came the moment of Rangers’ season. His Old Firm winner at Ibrox symbolised a closing of the gap and ended an embarrassingly long winless streak against Celtic.

Goals were another thing Jack’s game lacked last season. This time around though, he netted four times and chipped in with the same number of assists in the SPL.

His goal against Celtic sent Ibrox wild (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That’s a very handy contribution from a player who often sat in a deepish midfield role.

The odd game passed him by and he didn’t do enough to be included in Steve Clarke’s first Scotland squad.

However, overall, it was an excellent season for Jack. He’s one of the first names on the team sheet for Gerrard and is the type of consistent performer that can help deliver no.55 to the Ibrox faithful next season.

Half-Term Grade: A

End of Season Grade: A

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