As Rangers concede more goals, there’s an easy solution

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MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard is seen with Borna Barisic of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on January 17, 2021 in Motherwell, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around Scotland remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While a dropped couple of points isn’t the end of the world by any means, and the reaction from yesterday, ourselves included, was harsh, one thing the conceded goal, as that shipped at Pittodrie did too demonstrated was the killer lack of Ryan Jack and how vulnerable Rangers’ spine has become without him.

Let’s be clear – while Rangers’ urgency yesterday was poor and the performance below par, they were not awful on the pitch and we made that clear.

But when it comes to bailing out team mates, no one touches Jack in the squad and we dearly need him back.

At Aberdeen the warning signs were there – a swift turnover of possession, a failure on a number of players to get to the man and the ball was in the back of the net.

At Motherwell, another swift attack and the home side’s Devante Cole swept into the box, left first by Borna Barisic before Joe Aribo failed to close him down and the ball was in the back of the net.

These careless moments, these haphazard moments are happening because Jack, who reads defensive midfield better than anyone else in the SPL, isn’t there, isn’t filling the gaps up.

He bails his peers out all the time and that insurance policy cost us to no major effect last weekend week and to more significant cost yesterday.

Of course, the bigger picture is clear – we’re still tonking the SPL and we’re miles clear – but as much as this poor afternoon was a lesson in complacency, it was also a lesson in how dreadfully we miss Ryan Jack.

Get back soon sir.