Rangers star Ryan Jack has admitted that he’ll use the disappointment of last month’s League Cup final defeat by Celtic as “extra motivation” in the push towards the title – after being criticised by some for his outburst of emotion at the full-time whistle at Hampden.
Jack was pictured in tears after an offside goal denied the Gers their first major trophy since 2011 after dominating Celtic and Jack insists there is “no shame in showing emotion.”
The Gers midfielder admitted that the feeling after the game has left him “determined” to put it right and get his hands on a trophy soon.
“Football is emotional at times and there’s no shame in showing emotion after a tough game,” Jack told the Daily Record.
“We have worked hard all year and we wanted to win a trophy. It never happened and we played so well, which made it even tougher to take.
“That feeling of having dominated a game only to lose just gives you that extra motivation to hopefully put it right.
“We’ll use that as extra motivation going forward. It makes me determined to try and put it right.”
The Gers kick off their Scottish Cup campaign on Friday night when they face Stranraer in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Ibrox as they return to action following the winter break.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jack sit out against the League One strugglers if Steven Gerrard opts to use some of his fringe men instead.
Hopefully, Jack can put his Hampden disappointment behind him in May and get his hands on the Scottish Cup and wrap up a domestic double to end Rangers’ season.