Opinion: Rangers title hopes rest on keeping Ryan Jack fit for the remainder of the season
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Opinion: Rangers title hopes rest on keeping Ryan Jack fit for the remainder of the season

Rangers hopes of retaining the Scottish Premiership title took a blow against Celtic, as the 3-0 defeat allowed our rivals the chance to leapfrog us at the top of the table, there was one positive to take from the match, however, and that was the performance of Ryan Jack.

The 29-year-old had only featured in three league matches this season before being introduced at halftime against Celtic and even though his lack of game time was a concern, he immediately improved the side.

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Jack has been sorely missed in the middle of the park since the beginning of the season, and with a title race very much on, his presence will be vital if the side harbour any ambitions of retaining the trophy and securing that £40m Champions League jackpot.

Rangers simply need to keep Ryan Jack fit for the rest of the campaign

The midfielder prevented Celtic from scoring any further goals in midweek and was very close to scoring himself as his shot hit the crossbar.

His performance should hopefully be a wake-up call to the vast majority of those that started in the defeat and considering he has only had 50 minutes of competitive action this season makes it even more impressive.

With the Ibrox side’s defensive frailties rearing their head the previous two matches, the club simply needs Jack to return to his role in the centre of the park as soon as possible.

The backline took heavy criticism after the rout at Celtic Park, but the midfield, minus Scott Arfield, was totally bypassed and lacked any form of composure.

This is what the Scotsman brings to the side, calmness on the ball and the ability to command the midfield.

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Hopefully, the 45-minute cameo is the first step back into pushing for a starting XI berth and there is absolutely no doubt that we need Ryan Jack more than ever.

In other news, Former Rangers striker David Healy saw his chances of winning a third double with Linfield evaporate following an Irish Cup defeat.