National team celebrates as Rangers star earns first start in six months
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National team celebrates as Rangers star earns first start in six months

Rangers star Ryan Jack earned his first Scotland start in six months as the national team celebrated topping their UEFA Nations League group and earning promotion to League A of the competition.

Steve Clarke’s side earned a spot amongst the biggest teams in European football courtesy of a 0-0 draw with Ukraine, with Ryan Jack playing just over 70 minutes for the side.

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This is of great benefit to Rangers too, with the 30-year-old midfielder toiling for fitness over the last 18 months or more and this opportunity allowing him to get up to speed quicker.

Ryan Jack’s last start for Scotland came in the 2-2 friendly draw with Austria in March earlier this year.

The result means Scotland will now play in UEFA Nations League A for the next round of fixtures, meaning they will join the highest seeded teams in Europe.

The country will also be the only British representative at this level after England were relegated to UEFA Nations League B, where they join Wales. Both countries ended their campaigns winless.

Northern Ireland remain in UEFA Nations League C.

Scotland have been praised for a valiant defensive display in Krakow, Poland, with the match taking place at the Marshal Józef Piłsudski Stadium.

Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack makes Scotland return

Ryan Jack has proven a disciplined and effective presence in midfield under Steve Clarke and is a regular starter when available under the ex-Kilmarnock manager.

Rangers fans had been frustrated with what they viewed as sub-par performances from Ryan Jack earlier in the season although the midfielder appears to have turned a corner in recent weeks.

A fully fit Ryan Jack is a genuine asset to both Rangers and Scotland and it’s telling that manager Steve Clarke continues to select the ex-Aberdeen captain despite his injury problems.

Let’s hope the boost of a positive international break and his first start in six months can propel Ryan Jack at Rangers as he enters the final year of his deal and hopes to prove his fitness.

Rangers have missed the midfielder’s imposing presence in the middle of the park and it’ll be a major boost to see him back to his best at Ibrox.

Meanwhile, Rangers reportedly failed in a bid to bring a one-time record-breaking Germany youth international to Ibrox this summer.