Ryan Jack Rangers return can raise competitive midfield standards
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Ryan Jack Rangers return can raise competitive midfield standards

The return of Rangers star Ryan Jack to the starting XI was a welcome boost for Gers fans ahead of the club’s clash with Hearts.

Still licking their wounds following the woeful 3-0 defeat at Celtic Park and that first half performance, the only major positive from that game was Jacko’s second half appearance.

This time around, manager van Bronckhorst opted to start with the influential Scotland midfielder for the visit of the Jambos and it was a decision that paid off as Rangers answered their critics in emphatic fashion.

The Gers ran out 5-0 winners over the third force in Scottish football to take out their Wednesday night frustrations and send a message that the club will not give up the title without a fight.

But if Rangers are to secure the title again this campaign there will be no bigger boosts than the return of 29-year-old midfielder Ryan Jack who comes back to bolster a competitive midfield.

There are few players who can offer the composure and the in-game intelligence that Ryan Jack does at Rangers, especially when combined with the fight and bottle that many believe is often missing from the side.

A progressive midfield force who bites into tackles and can both use the ball and shoot, we saw flashes against Hearts of what Ryan Jack brings to the side, as we did against Celtic.

The challenge for Jacko will be breaking into the Rangers side with that midfield position now an increasingly competitive one.

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John Lundstram answered his critics with a fine display against the Jambos whilst Glen Kamara – posted missing at times as of late – scored from the bench.

Scott Arfield is another who is in fine form and amid talk of a new contract, the goals continued in the 5-0 victory over the Jambos.

Joe Aribo hasn’t quite got back into the groove since AFCON but there can be little doubting the midfielder’s quality amid links to the Premier League.

Adding Steven Davis – the Northern Irish veteran an experienced campaigner – and Aaron Ramsey – a quality international from Juventus – it shows the depth Rangers have in this position.

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But is also says something about the ability of Ryan Jack that he stands out to many Rangers fans as being a vital component of a fully-functioning Rangers side.

A talented and composed midfielder who can spot a pass and shoot for sure, but there are also few players who embody the mentality and expectations of Rangers than a Ryan Jack on song.

Talking of Ibrox midfielders, one Premier League London club are reportedly mulling over a £10m bid for a leading Gers star.