Ryan Jack gave a masterclass in midfield play during last night’s 4-0 thrashing of Ross County in Dingwall – and it only served to show important the Scotland star is for Rangers.
Jack scored twice and ran the show from midfield as Gerrard’s side made five changes from the weekend win over Motherwell and it was the return of the former Aberdeen captain to the starting XI that made all the difference.
With Steven Davis missing out and having to settle for a place on the bench, Jack took on more responsibility in midfield and filled the role usually occupied by Davis – and the Northern Irishman should probably have been taking some notes from the bench.
Davis has been exemplary this season for Rangers and it just shows how good Jack was last night that come full-time, you’d never have even known Davis wasn’t involved in the game.
When Jack hasn’t played recently, Rangers have often looked flat and bereft of ideas to break sides down when games get stuffy but with County trying to slow the game, Jack rose above it and played right through them.
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He is going to be utterly vital this weekend at Hampden in the League Cup semi-final and it is hard to see him not being the heart of the Gers midfield for years to come given his form of the last 18 months.
While others seem to be attracting the attention of clubs elsewhere for their performances, it’s Jack who has consistently shown just how important he is for Rangers in their hunt for silverware.