Date: 28th August 2019 at 5:20pm
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Steven Gerrard has strengthened his side significantly this summer, and he now has serious strength in depth in most positions.

However, the centre of midfield is particularly strong, and that is why Ryan Jack making eight appearances so far is so impressive.

Gerrard has Glen Kamara, Andy King, Joe Aribo, Steven Davies and Scott Arfield to choose from – yet it is the lifelong Rangers fan who finds himself consistently starting the big games.

Jack has played so well that he was called up to the Scotland side for their games against Russia and Belgium – much to the delight of many Gers fans.

The 27-year-old is not the type of midfielder to score lots of goals or provide regular assists – this is because he has only scored five times for Rangers and provided a further seven assists.

However, Jack is brilliant at breaking up play and helping the Gers control games. He is very composed on the ball and does not waste possession.

In his most recent game against St Mirren, the former Aberdeen man recorded a 100% passing accuracy – to allow his side to see out the match.

It is these skills that are so vital to Rangers and will be especially important in big games.

The first Old Firm derby of the season is this weekend and in the carnage expect to see Jack remaining calm and composed and prepared to dominate the midfield battle.

Gerrard intends to win some silverware this season, and he has the team capable of doing that, but it could be the performances of Jack that make the difference.

He can really dictate the tempo of games and a player like that is valuable to a side that are trying to end Celtic’s domestic dominance.

 

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