Glen Kamara’s latest excellent showing for Rangers, coupled with another steady and composed display from Steven Davis spells major trouble for one man.
Ryan Jack hasn’t been at his best this season, there’s no arguing this. We called it out earlier in the campaign, then tried to support him by suggesting he perhaps wasn’t fully suited to the system and was playing it simpler, but the truth both Steven Davis and especially Glen Kamara have bossed those two slots for the past few weeks and Jack may just struggle now to get minutes.
Certainly in the way he used to.
Ryan Jack used to be an absolute Stevie untouchable, but it’s clear that he isn’t now, and he’s going to have to do more than passing the ball sideways and slowing the game down if he’s going to become a regular again.
Kamara, in particular, has absolutely destroyed the position – completely hitting marquee form this season, the Fin has been outstanding, verging on world class, and has been doing it at every level.
Steven Davis has been polished, and while occasionally giving the ball away in an ‘uncharacteristic’ fashion, his calm leadership and vision have aided Kamara immensely. He’s a real pro and we’re glad we’ve still got two or three years out of him.
And then there’s new signing Bongani Zungu was of course wasn’t involved today – he’s been signed in exactly the position Ryan Jack is supposed to adopt, and while Rangers do need all four quality options, there’s little denying Zungu is going to be a major contender for a jersey. Rangers’ management have already confirmed this.
So Ryan Jack, we’d have to say, is currently at the bottom of the queue.
We used to absolutely love the guy and what he gave to the team, but the brutal reality is he hasn’t come close to that form this season. And we don’t miss him at all when it’s Davis and Kamara.
Yes, we need all four, we need rotation and depth. But there is a pecking order and unless Ryan Jack massively improves his game, he’s going to be low on that from now on.
There could of course be the injury caveat – he picked up another knock v Utd and hasn’t really played that much since, with recent displays for Scotland a little underwhelming too.
Maybe his long-term injury troubles are starting to hamper him, we don’t know, but it’s evident he’s not currently the player he previously was.
Whatever the cause, Ryan Jack needs to get the old magic back – otherwise he’ll find himself benched more often than not.