By Guy Giles
Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has brushed off the abuse he received during his international debut for Scotland, insisting that it is just part of the game.
Jack was a surprise call up for Scotland after a tumultuous start to his Rangers career that has seen him receive three red cards in their first 13 league games.
The former Aberdeen favourite was called up by interim boss Malky Mackay for the friendly against Holland at old stomping ground Pittodrie, with Scotland losing the match 1-0.
Jack was booed by large sections of the Pittodrie crowd as a result of his free transfer to Rangers over the summer, but he insists the abuse did not bother him.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Jack said: “What happened on Thursday is part and parcel of football and that doesn’t bother me at all. I got booed coming off the bus and I got booed whenever I got the ball.
“But we were up in Aberdeen, the majority of the crowd were Aberdeen fans who were there supporting Scotland. People express their feelings and I had to deal with that.”
Jack was deployed in an unfamiliar right-back role by Mackay, and dealt well with the threat of former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay.
The 25-year-old midfielder insists that he was focused on enjoying his international debut, and spoke of the pride in his achievement.
He said: “It certainly won’t put me off playing for my country. I enjoyed every minute of it.
“You do it for your family, you do it for your friends and I’m sure everyone was proud. This is probably the proudest moment of my career.”
In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd has defended himself after his own criticism of Jack’s international call up.