Ryan Jack has hinted that he’s still hurt by Celtic’s stunning win at Ibrox last month – with his latest comments.
The Gers midfield man – who was anonymous in the 2-0 defeat – reckons that Celtic “weren’t anything special” when they turned over the Ibrox side in their own stadium.
Jack, who is yet to win an honour at Rangers, says that Gers boss Steven Gerrard has his side playing some great football, no matter the opposition.
“It’s total belief he has,” Jack told the Scottish Sun. “He sees us every day and he obviously thinks it’s going to take a special team to play us off the park.”
“Even in the Old Firm we just weren’t great but they weren’t anything special.
“I don’t think any team in the last six, nine months has played us off the park or been a better football team than us.”
Jack is still hurting from Celtic defeat
Since that derby victory, the narrative has been that Rangers failed to show up and Celtic took advantage. It was a similar story in Rennes when the hosts apparently had an off day.
The truth is that Celtic had a lot to do with their opponents’ poor performances – on both occasions. At Ibrox we were pretty special. We set our stall up to limit Rangers in an attacking sense and exploit them when their wing-backs, especially James Tavernier, got too far forward.
It’s no surprise that both of our goals came from that side of the pitch, behind the Gers man.
Celtic were terrific at Ibrox but not in the swash-buckling way Jack may think. We showed a different side to our game in Govan. One that was built on defence solidity and taking our chance to counter when it arrived.
We showed that we are streets ahead of Gerrard’s side that day. Hopefully the league table will reflect that gulf before too long.