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Rangers: Jackie McNamara makes strange comparison between Steven Davis and Ryan Jack

Rangers: Jackie McNamara makes strange comparison between Steven Davis and Ryan Jack

Former Celtic captain, Jackie McNamara, has claimed that Rangers have coped with the absence of Ryan Jack and it’s all down to one man in an interview with Football Insider.

Rangers have missed the presence of Jack in the last two league games with a two-week international break in between. They didn’t require his services in the 5-0 hammering of Hamilton but it could be argued his physicality and drive (in the Europa League, the former Aberdeen man has made the most interceptions per game than any Rangers midfielder) was a loss in the 1-1 draw with Hearts at the weekend.

“I think they’ve coped well without him. He did well at the start of the season but they’ve got quite a few midfielders there, the likes of Davis, Arfield, Aribo and Kamara – plenty of midfielders.

“I’d say Davis is very similar, he can be trusted to tighten things up and take Jack’s place.”

Looking at the main points of his statement he claims that Rangers have “coped well without him”. First of all, Jack has only missed two games and they dropped points in one of them. Frankly, the game they won was against poor opposition – a team that have conceded the third-highest number of goals in the league – that Rangers should be sweeping aside with the talent on their books.

Secondly, he claims that Davis is “very similar”, which seems strange.

Indeed, as noted by fans site All About Rangers, Jack is all energy, physical and powerful. Looking at his positional data on Transfermarkt, it’s clear to see he’s largely operated in defensive midfield roles throughout his career while also being able to drop into the back four as a full-back.

Meanwhile, as noted by the Daily Record, Davis is a composed, tempo-controlling midfielder who has often been deployed as a number 10 over the course of his career in both England and Scotland.

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