Ally McCoist has told the Ladbrokes Social Club that “tremendous” Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack underperformed for Steven Gerrard’s side on Sunday, despite the Gers’ stunning 2-1 win over Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Goals from Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic saw Rangers finally end a nine-year wait to beat Celtic at Parkhead, as they dominated the match from start to finish – much like the Betfred Cup final, which saw Celtic hang on for dear life at Hampden Park.
An Allan McGregor penalty save, controversial Odsonne Edouard goal and Alfredo Morelos red card in injury time did not prevent Rangers from securing three crucial points in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.
But Rangers legend McCoist claimed Jack, 27, did not turn up against Celtic despite being in excellent form throughout the 2019-20 campaign so far. He believes the Scotland ace was “quiet”, and it was his mistake that lead to Celtic’s goal.
“Ryan Jack had one of his quieter games. I think he’s been tremendous this season, I really do but he was pretty quiet yesterday. He gave the ball away a couple of times, and was at fault for Celtic’s goal,” McCoist said.
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The win for Rangers has left the title race on a knife-edge heading into the winter break. Rangers remain two points behind their Old Firm rivals, but Gerrard’s men have a game in hand over Celtic.
Celtic have a winning mentality – proved as much in the League Cup final. But the pressure is certainly beginning to tell on the Hoops players, and it is fair to say the sides are more equal than they have ever been. Celtic just edge it, at the moment.