Date: 9th November 2018 at 8:30am
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Rangers may still be in with a chance of qualifying from our UEFA Europa League group, but there’s no doubt that last night was a major disappointment performance wise.

There were definitely positives to take from the match, in the first forty-five minutes anyway, but almost all of them were to do with our attacking prowess.

Defensively, both in midfield and the back four, we were all over the place throughout and our confidence looks pretty shot when it comes to counteracting the opposition in our own half.

One person who was curiously absent from the team last night was Ryan Jack, a player who can definitely bring a bit of solidity back to our shape and pressing game.

Steven Gerrard opted to go for different midfielders on the night, which to me was odd considering that playing away in Russia might require us to call upon our best defensive minded midfielder. It was a misstep from the manager.

Don’t get me wrong, Jack isn’t the perfect footballer and it could be argued that against packed Scottish Premiership defences he is even something of a luxury player due to his lack of attacking ambition, but against Motherwell on Sunday he could be crucial.

The Steelmen are as physical as they come in the Scottish top-flight Jack simply must return to the starting eleven.

In possession he rarely wastes the ball and can find a pass as well as anyone in the middle of the park. His determination and positioning are key assets when pressing our opponents.

Given he didn’t even come off the bench last night, he’ll be as fit and raring to as anyone and could be vital in securing what will be crucial three points on our return to domestic action.

Do you think Ryan Jack should come back into the team on Sunday? Share your thoughts below…

 

3 Replies to “Gerrard will have questions to answer if this Rangers star doesn’t return vs Motherwell”

  • Gerrard made a huge MISTAKE IN LEAVING OUT JACK LAST NIGHT. If Jack had played, there is no way we would have lost 4 goals. Jack would never be dropped if I was the manager. Apart from Arfield (when he is at his best) , Jack is our best midfielder–certainly our best defensive midfielder–and he can be physical, which is often needed in tough games. He does NOT DISAPPEAR LIKE SOME OTHERS DO>. Bad mistake, Gerrard.

  • Why will he have questions to answer?
    It’s painfully obvious that Jack is not 100% fit, thus the exclusion last night.
    Anyone watching the game last night will have agreed with the tactics, however the horrendous defending cost us dear and the players are at fault with that I’m afraid.
    On analysing the performances to date we should consider the scale of injuries which has hindered his ability to play his strongest selection.
    What we’ve achieved so far this season is credit to the management team and the players.
    I , like every Rangers fan want to sweep everything before us and win every trophy we enter but not going to happen this year I’m afraid.
    Given we’ve already played nigh on 30 games this year and it’s not December yet it was inevitable we were going to hit a loss of form.
    I just hope we come out of this stronger and more determined.
    There’s one thing for sure- Gerrard will know who he can rely on and those he can’t.
    WATP

  • My comment is about Mr W.Columb the referee. It is blatantly obvious that he is biased towards the Glasgow Rangers . Given his background as an R.El.teacher in a Scottish Catholic School.

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