With Tom Cairney dropping out of the Scotland squad, is a Scotland reprieve on for Ryan Jack?
Rangers midfielder Jack never made the cut earlier this week when Alex McLeish announced his squad to face Belgium and Albania.
However, an opportunity may now arise for the former Aberdeen captain to get a chance once more.
Cairney, who has been a consistent selection in McLeish’s squads so far, has had to pull out with an ankle injury. This could leave former treble-winning Rangers manager McLeish to select Jack as a replacement.
A deserved opportunity?
It certainly wouldn’t be unwarranted either. The 26-year-old has been a standout for Steven Gerrard since he was appointed back in May.
An early-season injury did set Jack back, but he’s back and ready to fight his way back into Gerrard and McLeish’s respective squads.
The midfielder has always been on the periphery of selection. The same groans about his omission were heard when Gordon Strachan was manager.
However, he could be set to get his chance if McLeish decides to give him a shot.
Of course, the Scotland manager may decide others are more worthy. You just feel however that Jack has earned a chance to show what he can do for the side.
Jack made his one and only appearance for Scotland against the Netherlands in a friendly back in 2017. Malky Mackay selected a much-changed Scots side against the Dutch, and this included an opportunity for the Rangers midfielder.
Jack’s first international call-up was in 2013 when Scotland faced Croatia.
The 26-year-old has had a glittering international career at youth level. The Pedro Caixinha signing has represented his country at under-16, under-17, under-19, and under-21 level.
Jack is also on the top 10 list for appearances at under-21 level and captained the side.
However, he’s yet to be provided with his big break at senior level. Cairney’s injury gives him an opening, but it remains to be seen if McLeish will select him.