As Steven Gerrard donned a Rangers jersey for the final 10 minutes of a Legends friendly between the Gers and Liverpool on Saturday, he, perhaps for the first time, suggested the future of Ryan Jack in the Rangers side might not be safe.
Jokingly, Gerrard told someone in the tunnel at Ibrox that “Ryan Jack should be worried, shouldn’t he?” as he prepares to walk out in the kit [Inside Ibrox].
But far from just be a tongue in cheek joke from Gerrard, does the comment allude to the manager’s role in Ryan Jack’s transformative development this season?
🆕 INSIDE IBROX: Steven Gerrard made a special appearance in the blue of #RangersFC this weekend at Ibrox.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 14, 2019
The Scotland international and midfield driving force of Rangers has been amongst the brightest sparks this season and is one of the first names on Steven Gerrard’s teamsheet.
Given he’s about to walk out onto the field at Ibrox, this little quip suggests that Jack is the player who’s position and role who Gerrard most likens to himself.
That driving, powerful number 8 who’s the heartbeat of the side, who’s picking forward passes, and particularly in Gerrard’s case, who can influence games with assists, goals and leadership in the middle of the park.
Gerrard’s also been very public about his praise of Jack. It was the Rangers manager who revealed talks were ongoing over a “reward” for Jack [Scottish Sun] for the outstanding performances he’s been putting in.
This subtle comment may well reiterate just how much of an influence Gerrard has been on Jack’s form and can be going forward.
Because let’s be honest, it’s not every day you earn a comparison (even a small one) to Steven Gerrard.
It’s not every day it’s from the man himself either.