Ryan Jack has told Rangers’s official YouTube channel that he is not entirely sure whether he was substituted during the Gers’ latest win with the weekend in mind, but he insisted that he backs Steven Gerrard’s decision.
Jack was simply outstanding as Rangers won 4-0 at Ross County. The midfielder scored twice from outside the box during the first-half. And he came fairly close to completing the hat-trick after the break as an even more ambitious effort whistled past the post.
The midfielder was replaced shortly after the hour-mark with the Light Blues 3-0 up. And he explained what Gerrard told him as he left the field.
“I don’t actually know to be honest,” he told Rangers’s official YouTube channel, when asked he was subbed off with the weekend in mind. “I think just maybe the game was done and the manager just said to me that there’s no point taking any risks.
“We’ve got a couple of big weeks coming up. The manager makes decisions and I’m fine with that, I’m happy with that and we move onto Sunday now.”
Jack has now arguably become one of Gerrard’s most important players. So it is no surprise that he wanted to take the midfielder off. And it is perhaps telling that he was rested before Alfredo Morelos, who is enjoying the most ridiculous run of form.
Rangers struggled without Jack when they recently visited Hearts and toiled to a 1-1 draw. So you can certainly understand why Gerrard wanted to make sure that he gives the 27-year-old the best chance of being ready for Sunday’s League Cup semi-final.
The stage now looks to be perfectly set for Jack to drive Rangers into the final of the competition. And following his performance on Wednesday, perhaps the Gers fans can expect to see Jack try his luck from distance when a chance presents itself at Hampden Park.