Former Aberdeen youth coach Neil Cooper has insisted that “everyone” involved in the Dons’ youth system knew Ryan Jack would develop into a “top-class player” – and believes that the former Pittodrie skipper has done “fantastically well” since moving to Rangers.
Cooper worked with Jack as he made his way through the system at Aberdeen and the former Pittodrie coach isn’t surprised to see him earn rave reviews at Ibrox from Steven Gerrard.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Connor Goldson of Rangers reacts after Ryan Jack of Rangers scores the opening goal reacts during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The former Dons coach backed away from agreeing with Gerrard that Jack should be a regular in the Scotland squad – but admits the Gers have a “really good player” in their ranks.

“Everyone involved with the set-up at Aberdeen knew Ryan would go on to be a top-class player,” Cooper said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Connor Goldson of Rangers celebrates with Ryan Jack of Rangers after he scores the only goal of the game during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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“He was very strong on the ball and didn’t get knocked off it very easily – and that helps him to keep possession and keep the game moving.

“He has done fantastically well and Rangers have a really good player there.
“In terms of the Scotland scene, it’s up to Steven Gerrard to make that comment. That’s not really my call. The Scotland management goes out and picks the players they want for their squads and that’s their decision.”
Jack has been a consistent figure in the side under Gerrard this season and has consistently shown his class for the Light Blues.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Ryan Jack of Rangers escapes a challenge from Manu Trigueros of Villareal during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on November 29, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
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The midfielder scored a crucial Old Firm winner over Celtic in December to grab his first goal for the club since signing in 2017.
With Gerrard’s side continually improving, Jack will have a massive role to play next season as the Gers look to finally end Celtic’s domestic dominance.
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