So far this season, Ryan Jack has been one of the most consistent performers in the Rangers midfield. When Steven Gerrard announced the team news yesterday, a lot of fans just expected the 26-year-old Scottish midfielder to be in there, but instead, to their dismay, Stevie G opted to use Lassan Coulibaly and give Jack a rest.
TEAM NEWS: Steven Gerrard has named four changes to his side to face Hearts at Tynecastle this afternoon… pic.twitter.com/6ZMWDry2OP
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 2 December 2018
Thankfully, this was a move that didn’t see their side suffer, but they very nearly could have. Lassana Coulibaly started the season in fine form and had plenty of fans raving over him in his early days with the club. However, his level of performance has slowly started dropping off and at the moment there aren’t many supporters who would actively be calling for him to start, opting for the likes of Jack ahead of him.
Next time out, Rangers face Aberdeen at Ibrox and whilst it looks like Ryan Jack will be returning to the line-up, Coulibaly could well keep his place seeing as Scott Arfield is suspended for the clash. Jack is the man, though, that the Bluenoses want to see. The 26-year-old has been a changed man n the middle of the park this season and his level of performance has consistently been up there with some of the best players in the Scottish Premier League.
You can see what the Gers made of their starting eleven to face Hearts yesterday here:
Jack should be starting.
— Menzies (@menzies999) December 2, 2018
Would rather Jack for Coulibaly
— Kevin Kennedy (@kevink1872) December 2, 2018
I was going to mention Jack before Coulibaly but it appears 327,976 people beat me to it.
— Pringo (@pringo69) 2 December 2018
Coulibaly instead of Ryan Jack is a huge mistake. He’s well off the boil and would struggle to pass water let alone a football.
— Gareth White (@garethawhite) December 2, 2018
Coulibaly instead of Jack gives me the absolute FEAR
— Gasha (@Shagar66) 2 December 2018
Tells a lot how much Ryan Jack has grown into a Rangers shirt when you grudge not seeing him in the starting 11!
— Jamie Kerr (@bigjamiek2) December 2, 2018
I would have liked to have seen Jack play as he's been class this season
— Daniel Davenport (@dancafc80) December 2, 2018
The Bluenoses were far from happy seeing Jack left out and will hope he returns to face Aberdeen on Wednesday.