If there was a major positive last night for Rangers, it was the performance of Ryan Jack for Scotland.
While still not quite at his old self, the signs were certainly positive, and every passing match the Rangers midfielder gets more minutes, the closer he can potentially get to recapturing his best form.
Let’s be clear, he’s still got a-ways to go on this one, with a year out through injury and some further absences even after that, but he’s going in the right direction.
Whoscored rated him Scotland’s fifth-best outfield performer, which is more than decent, given he only lasted 71 minutes.
In terms of stats, he made some tackles, he got a shot in, and his passing was the third-highest of all starters at a very convincing 84.9%.
In short, he was good, good enough to justify his place in the NT, and maybe achingly near being good enough to be John Lundstram’s permanent partner for Rangers, in what is clearly Rangers’ best midfield duo.
It’s an area of the pitch in which Rangers have one clear jewel in Lundstram and one potential one in Jack if he can get that full form back; alongside two midfielders who for varying reasons aren’t such viable options any more (Kamara and Davis).
The Rangers door is open for Jack to seize, to completely stamp his authority in.
Rangers are a much, MUCH better team for a fully-fit Jacko in the midfield, and if he can grab that fitness and form back, we’ll be in a much better position at the back especially.
Is it any coincidence since he was injured, Rangers’ defence has been nowhere near at the races compared with what it was?
That’s not hearsay, it’s fact.
Hopefully he is at his best soon.