Rangers came unstuck in their bid to qualify for the knockout phase of the Europa League last night as a late strike from Dejan Ljubicic sent them crashing out of the competition.
The Gers faithful will be pondering what might have been this morning after seeing their side fall at the final hurdle in the group stage. Steven Gerrard’s side were always in with a chance of qualifying but they failed to deliver a big game performance when it mattered most.
Plenty of Rangers players were subjected to scathing criticism in the aftermath of proceedings, but there was one player who stood out with a particularly impressive performance, Ryan Jack.
The central midfielder has suffered from injury problems earlier in the season, but he has been impressive since he made a full return to the squad.
He did wonders for his glowing reputation among the Gers faithful with a quality performance last night, and the supporters turned out in their numbers on Twitter to heap praise on the 26-year-old.
And considering how lacklustre his midfield partner Lasanna Coulibaly was throughout proceedings, Gerrard might well be advising some of his under-performing stars to take a leaf out of Jack’s book when they return to Scotland.
Here’s what the Rangers fans had to say about Jack’s performance against Rapid Vienna…
Ryan Jack. Unreal his work rate, passing, control of the midfield. Forward players let him down with poor link up play.
— Daryl (@darylm89) December 13, 2018
Ryan Jack was absolutely outstanding again
— Ryan Smith (@RyannSmithh95) December 13, 2018
Ryan Jack was absolutely outstanding, the work he does goes unnoticed sometimes. I honestly wish Grezda started this fixture today!
— Scott Campbell (@RfcScotty1872) December 13, 2018
Ryan Jack was class tonight
— Kieran (@kieranmc72) December 13, 2018
Ryan Jack only one that turned up
— Mason Alexander (@Mason10RFC) December 13, 2018
Personally thought Ryan jack was the motm soon as he came off again we looked vulnerable in midfield, could be something with him and Ross going forward
Who was your motm if you have one ?
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) December 13, 2018
To some it up no goals from open play in 5 games. Wingers and midfielders are hopeless. Ryan Jack solid tonight but the teams dirt
— Cameron McGuinness (@Cameron3005) December 13, 2018
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Completely agree Ryan jack man of the match by far. McGregor was alright barisic was decent. Lafferty looked good when he came on.
— Lad from the Tilton (@LadFromTheBlues) December 13, 2018