Interim boss issues plea to fans about Rangers star Ryan Jack
By James Black
Interim Scotland boss Malky Mackay has pleaded with the Tartan Army to get behind Rangers star Ryan Jack if, as expected, he makes his Scotland debut against the Netherlands on Thursday.
Scotland take on the Dutch at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium and Jack – who left the Dons in the summer to join Rangers – isn’t likely to be too popular with the locals.
The former Aberdeen captain is set to win his first cap for Scotland in Thursday’s friendly with the Dutch and Mackay has asked Scottish fans to leave club allegiances aside and get behind the player.
“If he puts a Scotland strip on, he’s a Scotland player,” said Mackay, as quoted by the Evening Times website.
“He’s playing at home, in his own country, in one of our own stadiums.
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“I would hope and expect that all of our fans will absolutely get behind him.”
Jack’s Rangers team-mate Lee Wallace was booed by Scotland fans on his last appearance in for the Scots.
Aberdeen fans have viewed themselves as Rangers’ rivals for a number of years and have regularly gone out of their way to antagonise the club and players.
The perceived rivalry stems from Neil Simpson’s assault on Ian Durrant which left the promising midfielder’s career in tatters.
Former Rangers midfielder Ian Black was also on the receiving end of boos from Scotland fans when he made his debut at Hibs’ Easter Road stadium.
Mackay has been put in interim charge of Scotland after Gordon Strachan was sacked after failing to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
n other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.