By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

30th Jan, 2021 | 2:00pm

Exclusive: Alex McLeish lauds return of Rangers star, makes Steven Gerrard comparison

We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Alex McLeish has lauded the return of Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack this week after injury kept him out since November.

The 28-year-old came off the bench against Ross County and has since started the victory at Hibernian on Wednesday evening.

McLeish admitted that Steven Gerrard will have seen shades of himself in Jack, who is perfect for the “watchman” role in midfield at Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I think he’s the kind of watchman, not to sound cruel.

“He’s an organiser during the technical forward play, he’ll make sure that nothing is going to disturb the defence too much.

“He’s added all things to his game, he’s scoring and Steven Gerrard has, from day one, lauded him and found signs of his own game in him.

“It’s all well with him back in the action.”

Having Jack back available is like having a new signing this month.

The Bears have been working smart in the market, completing pre-contract deals, add to that the return of Jack, and everything is looking perfect right now.

Despite his goal against Ross County, it is hard to compare Jack to Gerrard in an attacking sense, but he certainly makes up for that with his defensive presence.

The 28-year-old is a massive presence in midfield, and his return certainly takes the pressure off the shoulders of Steven Davis and Glen Kamara.

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