Steven Gerrard has been waxing lyrically about his Glasgow Rangers midfield general Ryan Jack, who he admits is one of the first names in his starting XI – and no wonder.
The Gers manager says he trusts Jack to play as effectively in a defensive role or sitting slightly ahead of that, and even as an attacking midfielder, such is his talent and ability.
Gerrard noticed within 10 minutes of his first day at the Hummel Training Centre, that Jack had the ammunition, was a winner, and took to him immediately.
The Rangers boss is not claiming any of the glory for Jack’s success as he says though.
It’s still to be seen if his superb form has been good enough for the new Scotland manager Steve Clarke to pick him this season.
Those elder statesmen like myself will remember Sir Alex Ferguson’s brilliant defence partnership of Aberdeen and Scotland legends Willie Miller and Alex McLeish.
They were without doubt one of the best centre-back relationships in the history of our game in Scotland.
They won the 1983 European Cup Winners Cup Final with Aberdeen beating Real Madrid 2-1 and every other honour in the Scottish game. For the record, Eric Black and John Hewitt scored their goals.
“Ryan’s going from strength to strength and I’m so pleased for him,” said Willie Miller, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He’s a good boy and I also know his family well. I only wish he was still at Aberdeen.
“It was a massive disappointment to see him leave for Rangers in 2017 after his years of development at Pittodrie.
“But it’s the way of football now with the finances and bigger opportunities available.
“You add Jack to Ryan Fraser and Scott McKenna, that’s not a bad trio of talents to come out of the Aberdeen academy.
“Jack was one, though, I always felt at an early age was a sure thing to make it to the top in football. The other two had certain elements that were encouraging.
“But Jack was the only one who made me go into the boardroom and say: ‘We’ve definitely got a player there’.
“I told the directors if Jack didn’t become a top player then I don’t know much about football.”
Miller has been singing the praises of Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack – even saying he rated him higher than Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser when they both played at Pittodrie.
Jack’s last few performances have been nothing short of sensational, with his performance in the 6-1 demolition of Hibs standing out.
Fraser, is performing well in the Premier League for Bournemouth, and was reported of a possible £30m transfer to Arsenal in the summer.
Yet Miller truly believes that between Fraser, McKenna and Jack, the current Rangers man was the one who was always destined for the big time.
It’s high praise indeed from Aberdeen legend Miller, and when coupled with the fact that McKenna is being touted for £10m, it makes you wonder about the present value of Jack.