'Lay a marker down' - Rangers midfielder can't wait for feisty opening day league clash
Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has admitted that he can’t wait for the first league game of the season under new manager Steven Gerrard.
The battling midfielder will be returning to face his old club Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the opening game of the Scottish Premiership season in August, and he believes that a win over the side that pipped the Gers to runners-up in the league last season would be a huge statement of intent going forward.
“They will be trying to challenge with us this season” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“There is no better way than if we go and lay a marker down on day one.
“They will be thinking the same. They will want to lay a marker down on us, so I’m sure it will be a tasty start.
“So I’m sure they will be fired up and ready. There is no better one to be involved in than Aberdeen at Pittodrie.”
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The Gers won three league matches out of four against the Dons last season, taking 10 points out of a possible 12.
Football Insider verdict
A trip to Pittodrie on the opening day of the season is a very tough task for Steven Gerrard, but it is one that he and the Gers should relish. Their record against Aberdeen in recent years is excellent, and a win would send out a message to the rest of the league that the Gers will be contenders. Of course, it won’t be an easy game to win, and is perhaps the second hardest match Gerarrd could have faced apart from Celtic. But for a test to see where the Gers are after two months as manager then this is perfect for Gerrard. Ryan Jack could well be a key figure in the fixture, as his combative style of play will be needed for the midfield battle that the game has turned into in recent fixtures. If he and his fellow midfielders can control that area of the pitch, then it could be a very profitable league start for the Gerrard revolution at Ibrox.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are set to add another attacker to their fold