Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted that he can’t take any credit for Ryan Jack’s emergence as a key player for the Gers – and admits that it only took ten minutes for him to see how much the midfielder wanted to be part of the Ibrox boss’ plans.
Jack has become one of the most important players in Gerrard’s squad since he took the reins and the former Aberdeen captain is, quite understandably, viewed by fans as one of ‘Gerrard’s favourites.’
He’ll almost certainly be part of the starting XI on Thursday against FC Midtjylland – and in every other big game – and Gerrard admits Jack is “so important” to what he’s trying to do at Ibrox.
“I’m not taking credit for Ryan Jack. I remember the first session I watched Ryan. Ten minutes into it I turned to one of my staff and said, ‘He wants to be part of this’. He has everything I want to see. He’s hungry, he’s a winner,” Gerrard told his post-match press conference, as quoted by The Scotsman.
“He’s one of the first names that comes to mind when I’m picking a team because I can trust him in any role whether that’s in the middle of the three or the right of the three.
“He’s so important to us. I think you saw that last year. He was selected for every single big game. If he keeps this level I’m sure that’ll continue to happen but I’m absolutely delighted with him and if he keeps this form up I’m sure he’ll be rewarded.”
Steven Davis’ return to the club really seems to have benefited Jack with the midfielder given a bit more freedom to get forward and support the attackers while Davis sits deep.
He’s never going to be the player that gets all the attention and plaudits but you just need to watch the work he does off the ball to see how vital he’s going to be this season for Rangers.