Graeme Murty: Rangers 26-year-old must take advantage of Celtic player decision
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has claimed replacing Scott Brown at the heart of Scotland’s midfield would suit Ibrox ace Ryan Jack – once he returns from the major knee injury which has ended his season.
Celtic captain Brown decided to announce his retirement from the international scene on Monday following talks with new Scotland boss Alex McLeish.
Jack has been sidelined since December’s clash with Motherwell at Ibrox with Murty confirming earlier this week he would play no further part in the campaign.
Murty thinks that once Jack gets back to fitness he needs to “thrust himself” in front of McLeish and force his way into the former Rangers manager’s plans.
“Historically, Rangers central midfield players have played for Scotland,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Now Scott has gone there is a space in the middle of the pitch where Ryan Jack is more naturally inclined to play.
“That would fit him quite well but we have to make sure we get him back fit. Then he has to thrust himself in front of the manager’s eye-line to get his attention.”
Former Aberdeen captain Jack won his first Scotland cap in the Pittodrie clash with the Netherlands in November playing at right-back but had been a mainstay for the Gers in central midfield before being injured.
The 26-year-old made 21 appearances for the Ibrox giants in the first-half of the season and had impressed for the Light Blues after his move from Aberdeen last summer.
Jack is just one of a number of Rangers players who have been mentioned as possible replacements for Brown with Ross McCrorie and Greg Docherty also potential stars in midfield for Scotland.
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