Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister admits that he believes Ryan Jack was “pigeonholed” while at Aberdeen – but insists that the Gers are getting “much more” from the Scotland international, who has just extended his Ibrox contract until 2023.
Jack was primarily someone who would sit and break up play at Aberdeen, as well as early in his Gers career, but has taken on more attacking responsibility under Steven Gerrard and looks to be a totally different player now.
McAllister saw a lot of Jack in his previous role as a TV pundit and admitted that the Gers management team saw him as being able to offer far more to the side.
“I watched him quite a lot playing for Aberdeen when I was working in TV, and I felt he was probably pigeonholed a little bit,” McAllister told Rangers TV.
“I think we saw a player who was just there to stop things and to break up play – maybe he was quite happy doing that.
“But, on arrival here, we could see he was capable of much more. Not only does he do that, but in most of our good build-up play, he is at the start. He builds a lot of the play for us.”
Jack has been vital for the Gers this season and his absence in the 1-1 draw with Hearts at Tynecastle was telling as the Light Blues lacked his drive and guile in midfield.
Hopefully, he’ll be fit to return to the starting XI in tomorrow’s Europa League clash with Porto as Gerrard’s side look to pick up their second win of the group stage.
Since becoming a more influential player in attack, Jack’s partnership with Steven Davis has helped both players consistently impress and drive the Gers on in their bid for a first major trophy in eight years.