Glasgow Rangers have announced on their official website that midfield maestro Ryan Jack has signed a new four-year contract with the Scottish giants.
The former Aberdeen man has become a far superior player during the last 18 months of his career at Ibrox.
With the influence and advice generated from his Rangers manager and mentor Steven Gerrard, the Scotland international has improved.
Gerrard has proved to Jack that you can lose parts of your natural aggression and concentrate on playing good all-round football.
Before his new Rangers boss arrived, Jack was over-aggressive, fouling too often, and picked up bookings and red cards. Those days seem to have ended.
Gerrard has turned Jack into a player you can rely on to play to the game plan and to the side’s instructions. Invaluable to every manager, and to a successful player’s contribution.
Now you know why Jack’s name keeps getting mentioned after almost every game he plays for Rangers.
The injured Jack was sorely missed against Hearts in the 1-1 draw at Tynecastle last Sunday afternoon, and has become a huge fans’ favourite in his time at Ibrox.
He is the Rangers midfielder who can do everything required by Gerrard, and has been a revelation all season. One of the first names on his starting XI, and rightly so
He will be an added bonus against Porto, even though he may only be 90% fit.
After initially signing for Rangers in summer 2017, his first season was wrecked around midway by a serious knee injury, which kept him side-lined until the summer.
After recovering from that setback, Jack has become a key component in Gerrard’s successful and exciting midfield outfit as they continue to grow as a team, especially in the Europa League games.
That initial spell at Ibrox for Jack in the latter part of 2017 saw him red-carded four times in 22 appearances, albeit one was later rescinded.
Since then, he’s not seen red in any of his 53 Gers appearances and has been booked on just seven occasions.
Jack’s next target having become a full and integral member of the squad at Rangers is to establish himself in the Scotland national team, with manager Steve Clarke having included him in a number of recent squads.
With Clarke looking to build a team ahead of the Euro 2020 Nations League play-offs in March, this could be the perfect opportunity for Jack to stake a claim for a starting berth.