Another Rangers game, another commanding, all-action performance by Ryan Jack. This time in the 4-0 win over St. Johnstone.
It’s difficult to remember a player who’s undergone such a stark development in recent seasons at Ibrox, but Jack’s shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise.
We knew there was a player in there, Steven Gerrard just seems to have accessed it.
His marauding runs from midfield are becoming a focal point of how we play, his composure and leadership at the back and in transition becoming a massive asset.
Jack is confident – and almost game-by-game we’re seeing the former Aberdeen captain develop into a top, top player.
It’s an exciting time for Rangers, the fans and of course Ryan Jack himself. We have a wonderful footballer there.
Where once Jack would look to simply recycle the ball with a sideways pass, he’s darting forward, into space, with control of the ball.
Where once you’d rarely see him outside his own half, now you’re seeing him bust a gut dribbling forward in the final minutes to lay the perfect pass into Jermain Defoe.
More to come from Ryan Jack?
There is still more to come from Ryan and it’s telling that Steven Gerrard has been so public with the club’s ambitions to sign the player up on improved terms [Evening Times].
Going on form for this season alone there’s no-one more deserving.
It’s not just in Scotland we’ve seen that commanding, driven, smart, intelligent footballer either. Jack has arguably been our most consistent performer on the European stage.
There is little doubt in my mind – if Scotland would play him instead of injuring him – that he could be a major influence on the international team, something which adds value and experience when he comes back to us.
Yes, Ryan Jack should be playing ahead of £18m rated Scotland and Manchester United international Scott McTominay.
Not that I’ve anything against McTominay or the stumbling Man U side – but that’s just how good a player we have at Ibrox.