Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has admitted that he’s “pleased” Ibrox star Ryan Jack as snubbed by new Scotland manager Steve Clarke.
Jack has been one of the Gers’ most consistent players over the last 12 months and was expected to be named in Clarke’s first squad but was inexplicably left out for the clashes with Belgium and Cyprus.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Scott Arfield of Rangers (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with Ryan Jack of Rangers during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

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Barca Bear Johnstone admits that Jack “deserved” a place in the squad but insists it will do the midfielder a world of good to get a few extra weeks off.

“I think Ryan Jack was worthy of a place in the Scotland squad given how well he has performed for Rangers this season,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

27th February 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Dundee; Ryan Jack of Rangers challenges for the ball with Ethan Robson of Dundee

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“But, being selfish and as a Rangers fan, I am pleased that he didn’t get the call up by Steve Clarke.

“It has been a long, hard, gruelling season and Ryan played a lot of football for Steven Gerrard’s side.
“So it will do him good to get a couple of extra weeks off and to relax for a bit before getting back into pre-season training with Rangers later this month.”
Jack made 46 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side last season as the midfielder returned to action from a long-term knee injury.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates with Ryan Jack after scores his third goal during the Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With Clarke deciding against picking Jack, the former Aberdeen captain should be in perfect condition for the new season.
The Gers head to Portugal later this month before facing Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers and Marseille at Ibrox in July.
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