Rangers icon Ally McCoist has opened up on his surprise at just how important Ryan Jack has become for the Light Blues since moving from Aberdeen four years ago, confessing he “can’t believe the impact” Jack has made at Ibrox.
The midfiedler has been key for the Gers under Steven Gerrard but saw his season cut short as injuries forced the midfield dynamo to undergo surgery to repair the problem.
Jack will be stuck at home watching the Euros this summer as Scotland take part in their first major tournament since 1998 – McCoist admits that Jack will “feel the pain” of missing out through injury forever.
While McCoist admits the pain doesn’t go away, he’s insisted that Jack will just have to get on wit it and use it as motivation – although McCoist concedes he still hasn’t got over the snub by Brown in 1998.
“You don’t recover – it’s that simple. I can still feel the pain,” McCoist told the Glasgow Times.
“You’ve just got to handle it. You do that a bit better with time but you never, ever forget the pain of something like that.
“It sets you up and makes what you are. I can only speak for myself but I don’t think I’ve ever got over it and I don’t think I ever will. But I just handle it better.
“I’m absolutely gutted for Ryan, really. He was doing ever so well in that Rangers side.
“I’ll put my cards on the table right now – when Ryan Jack signed, I thought he was a good player. But I’ll tell you the truth – I can’t believe the impact he’s made, I genuinely can’t.”
Jack is expected to return in time for Rangers’ reporting for pre-season and after missing more than half of the 2020/21 season, his return will be welcomed by fans.
The Rangers number 8 would almost certainly have been in Steve Clarke’s squad for the Euros but with the prospect of Champions League football next season, it should help soften the blow.
Whether Jack will get the chance to represent Scotland at a major tournament in the future is anyone’s guess but he may well have missed out on his only opportunit at lining up at a Euros or World Cup.