Jack leader of the pack for Ger­rard

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - By MARK WILSON

ROSS CO ...... 0 RANGERS ..... 4

STEVEN GER­RARD hailed Ryan Jack as an in­spi­ra­tional leader within his Rangers squad af­ter the mid­fielder’s first-ever dou­ble helped put Ross County to the sword. Jack, who last week signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion to 2023, struck his first two league goals of the sea­son as the Ibrox side pow­ered to a 4-0 suc­cess in Ding­wall. Al­fredo More­los also net­ted twice to raise his tally for the cam­paign to 18. The re­sult left Rangers just a goal be­hind Celtic at the top of the Pre­mier­ship, with Ger­rard ex­press­ing de­light at

the ap­proach of his side. He re­served spe­cial praise for Jack, who scored with neari­den­ti­cal right-foot ef­forts from just out­side the area be­fore be­ing sub­sti­tuted with 27 min­utes still to play. ‘How good has Ryan been since I’ve come through the door? He’s an ex­am­ple for the rest of the squad be­cause he never drops his stan­dards, whether it’s a train­ing ses­sion or a game,’ en­thused Ger­rard. ‘He knits ev­ery­thing to­gether, he drives the team on, he de­mands from every­one else. ‘It was a performanc­e of a proper leader and with his two fin­ishes, he is ad­ding that to his game as well. He has come on leaps and bounds and just needs to keep go­ing. ‘He is so vi­tal to us and that’s the rea­son I took him off, be­cause I had that lux­ury. He was get­ting ex­cited for a hat­trick but I had to take him off.’ Ger­rard felt a stan­dard was set in the High­lands. ‘It was a strong performanc­e,’ he added. ‘I was de­lighted with our men­tal­ity com­ing into the game. We com­peted well and did all the ba­sics very well. That’s what we need in every game — we can’t pick and choose. ‘I’ve been dis­ap­pointed in how we started the two pre­vi­ous do­mes­tic games. We cruised into them with an ar­ro­gance which is not us. We’re not at the level where we can do that.’ Rangers now face Hearts at Ham­p­den in Sun­day’s Bet­fred Cup last-four meet­ing, seek­ing to reach the first fi­nal of Ger­rard’s ten­ure. ‘We are in a good place,’ said the Ibrox boss. ‘We’ll go into the week­end with con­fi­dence and be­lief. There’s a lot at stake.’ County co-man­ager Stu­art Ket­tlewell ad­mit­ted it could have been even worse. ‘It was a game where we were worlds apart,’ he said. ‘We weren’t able to com­pete, other than the first 15 min­utes.’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.