Steven Gerrard faces massive issue over Ryan Jack

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 29: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard reacts at full time with Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Rangers FC and Legia Warsaw at Ibrox Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Following yesterday’s excellent and timely return to full form for Rangers, Steven Gerrard now faces a gigantic dilemma for the midweek tussle at Easter Road.

As we know, despite the bright performance yesterday before he came on, nevertheless Rangers have desperately missed Ryan Jack and his introduction in the second half was deeply welcome.

Furthermore, his cameo was outstanding and showed the dynamic midfield graft Rangers have maybe lacked a little in recent times.

But of course, the whole team put a shift in yesterday, so Jack wasn’t alone in having a good afternoon.

Which brings us to the dilemma.

Jack will start on Wednesday. We’d be beyond stunned if he’s on the bench.

But this leaves Stevie with a big call to make – who makes way?

There are six players in front of defence, and obviously Jack will replace one of them. But who?

Many are calling for Joe Aribo’s head – despite his stellar goal yesterday, his passing level was the worst in the whole team, but equally he got 5 shots in with 2 of them on target. He also managed 4 decent dribbles, one of which led to that stunning goal.

It was the best he’s played in a while.

Equally, Ianis Hagi has often been the sacrificial lamb, but he was excellent yesterday, not just his assist but his defensive play as well.

Then there’s Ryan Kent – another one whose form has been stuttering towards being decent again, and after a poor show in Motherwell, his display was more convincing yesterday.

There is of course Steven Davis. Aging now, he is nevertheless integral to Rangers’ play and Stevie’s system and Davis’ passing is so reliable, so dependable it’s hard to drop him. But as we say, he’s not getting much younger.

And we can look too at Glen Kamara – his form has been quietly getting tidier in recent games, following a spell in December of being a little out of sorts – but he is so crucial to this system too.

Who makes way for Ryan Jack?

We couldn’t call it. All five of the above are assets and we’re loathe to dump any of them.

All we can say is we’re glad Stevie makes that call and not us!

Who would lose out for you?


Who would you drop for Ryan Jack?
Steven Davis
Glen Kamara
Joe Aribo
Ryan Kent
Ianis Hagi
None, leave side unchanged

5 COMMENTS

  1. This will be a very physical game and Hagi will be roughed up by a Hibs team that are hurting badly for crashing out of the League Cup and he would be a good sub to bring on . With that in mind Jack will be suited better for this game as Rangers will be a lot tighter and his defensive experience and positional play will be critical. The reason I picked Hagi too over Aribo is that Aribo will support Alfredo and Kent by making runs into the Hibs back three/four .

  2. I’ve lumped for Davis, and through no fault of his own but I feel he could probably do with a rest. He’s played some amount of minutes recently and what better way to give him a slight break than replacing him for Jack.

  3. Davis all day for me, not playing like it atm but in need of a rest, that’s 6x90mins in the last 8 he’s had. On the bench for Jack who might not be able to last the 90 yet.

  4. It’s not a case of dumping anyone it’s about using the squad. I’d give Davis a break. We have a busy period coming up with Europa Cup restarting soon. Only thing I would point out is that the Easter Road pitch is currently in a shocking state so that could come into the managers thinking.
    PS: I wasn’t as convinced as some about Hagi’s performance yesterday or more recently in general. Seems to me like people are trying to talk up his confidence.

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