Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack may well get a shot at international redemption as his Scotland teammates help nudge the nation closer to the World Cup Playoffs.
Ibrox star Jacko, 29, is an influential player for club and country but after going under the knife due to a troublesome calf problem the midfielder missed both the Rangers title run-in and Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign.
This would’ve naturally been bitterly disappointing for the midfielder who continues to work hard ahead of his return to the Rangers team.
When that happens, we’ve no doubt Jack will be able to cement his place in the Scotland squad once again and he could have his teammates to thank for keeping the nation’s World Cup hopes alive.
Scotland defeated Austria 1-0 in Vienna in what could prove the decisive result in a tight group currently being dominated by Denmark.
The Euro 2020 semi-finalists dismantled Israel 5-0 to see Scotland finish this international break in second place of Group F.
With four games remaining, Scotland will host Israel next before facing off against Faroe Islands (A), Moldova (H) and Denmark (H).
It’s a superb opportunity and whilst a Playoff presents another hurdle for the Scots should they follow through on it, Jack will be eyeing involvement.
Missing out on Scotland’s first major championships for 23 years would’ve hurt the ex-Aberdeen star and for us we’d be delighted to see him turning out in Qatar in 2022.
Let’s hope Jack can get back in the squad before long and continue asserting that midfield dominance which has made him such a key player for Rangers.
Jack isn’t the only Rangers player whose Scotland appearances have been limited by injury after another Ibrox star in the squad was sent home from Hampden.