Rangers Half-Term Report: Ryan Jack
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Rangers Half-Term Report: Ryan Jack

Following on from our appraisal silky midfielder Glen Kamara, next under the microscope in our series of Rangers Half-Term Reports is the outstanding Ryan Jack.

The 27-year-old was brought to Ibrox during the Pedro Caixinha era and in stark contrast to the likes of Carlos Pena and Eduardo Hererra, he’s developed into massive player for the club.

Shortly after he arrived, he struggled with injuries and his discipline. He left those issues behind him last season, though, and he’s stepped things up another level across the first half of the 2019/20 campaign.

Jack was a rough diamond when he joined Rangers from Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jack is the steel in the Gers midfield and now one of the first names on Steven Gerrard’s teamsheet. A captain without an armband is how his manager has described him [Scottish Herald].

His passing range has expanded markedly over the last few years and often in tandem with Steven Davis, he roams around Ibrox with a pronounced swagger. His consistency has been remarkable.

Jack’s Europa League masterclasses in the wins at home against Feyenoord and Porto, helped finally earn him the international recognition with Scotland, that he so deserved.

Jack nips in to make a tackle during a Euro 2020 Qualifier against Kazakhstan in November 2019. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

He’s made 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and registering four assists [Transfermarkt]. That offensive side to his game is another major area of improvement, with the midfielder showing a new-found willingness to shoot from distance.

All his strikes have come away from home, with his brace at Ross County coming in a particularly impressive domestic display, while had his rasping shot in the early stages of the League Cup final eluded Fraser Forster, the end result could have been oh so different.

Playing for Rangers means so much to Jack and his emotion spilled over after that Hamden defeat.

Gerrard consoles one of his star men after the League Cup final loss. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He was bizarrely criticised for his tears but responded emphatically at the end of the month by helping dominate Celtic’s midfield in the 2-1 Premiership victory at Parkhead.

Jack was brought to Rangers by Caixinha, but he’s blossomed under Gerrard’s direction into a fine on-field leader, and an accomplished all-round midfielder. On a weekly basis, he’s often head and shoulders above his opposite man.

If silverware is to return to Ibrox this season, he will play a massive part in securing it.

Half-Term Grade: A*

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