Ryan Jack is a player at Ibrox who can legitimately worry a little, along with fellow midfielder John Lundstram – with the return to form of Glen Kamara, and the arrival of Belgium’s Nicolas Raskin, Rangers manager Michael Beale has never had a stronger pool in the middle.
Indeed, it’s convincing to say this depth in the centre of Rangers’ pitch is probably the strongest the midfield has actually been since 2011, with a boatload of top talent all the way through.
And it doesn’t bode well for Jack, Lundstram or Scotty Arfield at all.
Now, we’re not being fatalistic and dumping all three – far from it. All great players who still have a role to play.
But Michael Beale’s comments today about Rangers’ average age, and promoting Raskin as a young one, and Cantwell too, suggests he’s trying to promote a younger team, a team with a future, and not one on the wrong side of 30.
In fairness, John Lundstram is still ‘only’ 28, and Kamara one year behind at 27, it’s in fact only Jacko, injured Davo and Scotty who all sit at an age which is no longer desirable.
Those elders can genuinely worry about a new deal this summer, while Lunny is on the path to being given a new one anyway, and Kamara’s case is well known.
But the point is despite a few weeks ago spouting his usual manure, in this case Jacko being a definite starter, Beale now has major choice in there and no player’s position is safe, not even remotely. But Raskin and Kamara are definitely apples of Beale’s eye, while Jack may have a bit of a battle ahead.
Lunny? He’s started most matches under Beale, but it’s hard to second-guess this manager because he outright lies (remember he told us Colak and Morelos would 100% be playing together at Tynecastle) quite a lot. So figuring out the truth is hard to do these days. Keeps us on our toes we suppose.
One thing we can be sure – we have quality in there, and a lot of it. It’s just absolutely no guarantee for anyone.