Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has heaped praise on Ryan Jack and admits that it is “no surprise” to see the Scotland international perform so consistently for club and country.

Jack has been a key player for Gerrard throughout his time at Ibrox and established himself as one of the vital parts of Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad as they secured qualification for next summer’s Euros.

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Gerrard admits Aberdeen “done a really good job” with Jack’s development before coming to Ibrox in 2017 – and believes his side have a “leader” and a “winner” in the midfielder.

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“Ryan deserves a lot of credit for how much he has improved and the work and application he has put in to try and improve the level of his game and his consistency,” said Gerrard. [Glasgow Times]

“When we came in we inherited a good player, without a doubt. Aberdeen had done a really good job with Ryan in terms of his development and giving him the opportunity to play at the top level. He obviously became a leader.

“So there was coaching prior to us that deserves a lot of credit in Ryan’s development. We obviously saw a winner when we came in.

 

“Someone who was really keen and open to learn, grow and buy into what we were trying to do. His consistency has been fantastic to see and it’s no surprise with the way he goes about his daily routine and business.”

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Jack will almost certainly line up against his former side later today when Aberdeen come calling to Ibrox – with Rangers looking to open up an 11-point gap at the top of the table.

The Scotland international has continued to improve throughout his time at Ibrox and is comfortably one of the best midfielders the club have had for a long time.

There’s little question over his desire to get the Gers over the line in the title race and there’ll be few who have been as important in the Light Blues’ revival in recent years.

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