Two call ups for Scotland as Rangers’ Jack and Souttar named

Two call ups for Scotland as Rangers’ Jack and Souttar named
Israel's midfielder Bibras Natkho (L) vies with Scotland's midfielder Ryan Jack (R) during the Euro 2020 playoff semi-final football match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park, Glasgow on October 8, 2020. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Ryan Jack and John Souttar have been rewarded for their Rangers form with yet more call ups for the national side as Scotland prepare to take on Cyprus and England.

The midfielder, who has shown glimpses of his old self in recent times, has become a mainstay for the national side and with his securing more and more fitness and reliability in the past few months has earned the trust of Scotland boss Steve Clarke who is coming more and more under universal praise for the turnaround in the country’s NT.

Meanwhile John Souttar is just about the top-rated Scottish central defender right now, with Clarke’s options there being he, Nottingham’s Scott McKenna, Al-Ettifaq’s Jack Hendry and Ryan Porteous of Watford.

He is likely to play a role in either or both matches.

As for Jack, the competition in central midfield is some of the best it’s been in that slot for years, with Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong, Celtic’s Callum McGregor, Brighton’s Billy Gilmour, Bologna’s Lewis Ferguson, Man Utd’s Scott McTominay, Norwich’s Kenny McLean, Villa’s John McGinn and Newcastle’s new Scotland call up Elliot Anderson.

The depth in midfield is ludicrous, quite honestly. It would be no disservice on Jack’s ability if he doesn’t start.

But the NT is looking in a better place, no denying it – even the striking areas include Che Adams of Southampton, Lyndon Dykes of QPR and on-fire Lawrence Shankland, not to mention Millwall’s new hitman Kevin Nisbet.

Admittedly all the strikers are Championship and no Premier League to boast of, but it’s still strong.

We’ll see if our Rangers lads play a significant role in the upcoming doubleheader.

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  1. It’s great we have two players in the squad, let’s just hope that if they do play any part in these games they come through unscathed. 💙💙

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