Rangers boss Steven Gerrard heaped praise on Ryan Jack following last night’s draw with Young Boys in the Europa League.
The Light Blues incumbent was quizzed on his midfield maestro by BT Sport following the result which secured qualification for the last 32.
Jack, 27, has been a mainstay in Gerrard’s team this season. He has been one of Rangers’ best players this season and the supporters have been complementary over his form.
Rangers were forced to close out last night’s game with 10-men, following a second yellow card for Jack.
Gerrard refused to criticise his star man, however.
He told BT Sport: “He’s got a red card. He’s been majestic again for the majority of the game. If there’s one player in the dressing room who won’t get any criticism from me, it’s Ryan Jack.”
Jack will miss the first leg of the last 32 regardless of who the Gers face and that will leave Gerrard with a problem.
The midfielder has been the driving force in the middle of the park for Rangers this season and Gerrard must find a solution.
It’s perhaps interesting that the boss hasn’t chosen to blast his player and perhaps recalls his own experiences.
Gerrard was famously introduced off the bench in a Liverpool contest against Manchester United and lasted just 38 seconds before he was sent off.
Now Rangers boss, Gerrard perhaps sees some similarities in himself when watching Jack perform.
There is certainly a similar desire in the Gers midfielder to that of Gerrard as a player and he is a big asset to Rangers.
Jack was visibly distraught after Sunday’s League Cup Final defeat to Celtic and he is a player who truly cares.
Nobody will want to end a long-standing trophy drought for Rangers than the midfielder.