Rangers fan media Heart & Hand have claimed that it was a pocket of Aberdeen fans who indulged in Scotland boos of Ibrox midfielder Ryan Jack over the weekend.
The Ibrox star, 31, played the bulk of the nation’s 3-0 European Championship qualifying victory over Cyprus as the Tartan Army got their campaign off to a winning start.
But the match was overshadowed by reports in the press of boos aimed at Ryan Jack as the Rangers star turned out for Scotland at Hampden.
It’s not the first time Ryan Jack has been subject to boos from the Scotland support, and we don’t imagine it will be the last, but there has been some clarity on the situation.
Ryan Jack Scotland boos blamed on Aberdeen fans
Jacko had put in a solid performance alongside Celtic captain Callum McGregor in the match and when fit, is one of the first names on Steve Clarke’s team sheet.
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After speaking to one of the regular podcasters on the Heart & Hand network, the outlet reported that it was the Aberdeen contingent within the Scotland set up which shamed the country.
“Ryan Jack played for Scotland at the weekend in their 3-0 victory over Cyprus,” said host David Edgar on the Heart & Hand Daily Update [27/03/23].
“Ryan Jack will be playing for Scotland, you’d imagine, against Spain on Tuesday night. There was some talk in the press about Ryan Jack being booed at Hampden.
“We spoke to Ross, our Tartan Army skirt-wearing member, and he said there wasn’t much and it was basically a group of Aberdeen fans in the main that took to doing it.
“I really don’t understand this. You go along to support the national team, leave club football at the door. It’s one of the things that puts off people like me from going along to it.
“It is supposed to be a time when everybody gets together and if you can’t do that, you don’t have the right as a supporter to exclude other supporters from their national team.”
Ryan Jack remains an important part of the Scotland team and is expected to keep his place for the clash with Euro juggernauts Spain, who visit Hampden this evening.
Out of contract in the summer, Rangers boss Michael Beale has also been clear he wants Ryan Jack to sign a new deal with the Ibrox side.