By Doug Ward

28th Sep, 2022 | 7:40am

Scottish newspapers react to Ryan Jack display v Ukraine as Rangers ace returns to Steve Clarke XI

Rangers ace Ryan Jack made his first appearance for Scotland since March on Tuesday night as Steve Clarke’s side drew 0-0 with Ukraine at the Marszałek Piłsudski Stadium in Poland.

Scotland’s draw left them as Group E winners in the second-tier of the Nations League, meaning they’ll be mixing it with the big boys in 2024/25 with promotion gained to League A.

Scotland will be the highest-ranked British club in the next edition of the controversial Nations League with England and Wales both suffering relegation to League B while Northern Ireland are languishing in League C.

Jack didn’t play too much of a role in Scotland’s Nations League campaign this time around, mainly due to injuries.

But the general consensus among the Scottish newspapers, in reaction to the 0-0 draw with Ukraine, is that the Ibrox midfielder had a good game in Poland.

The Scottish Daily Mail (print edition, 28 September, page 79) rated Jack 7/10 and said: “Good chance to make it 1-0 after half an hour but his left-foot shot flew over the bar. Always neat and tidy on the ball. Solid night’s work.

The Scottish Sun handed Jack a 6/10 and said: “Rangers star back in the Scotland fold and blazed over a great first half chance on half hour mark. Good moments with ball after break. Subbed.”

The Daily Record also awarded him the same mark and said: “Kept ball moving quickly at base of midfield. Could have opened scoring after half an hour but blazed over from angle.”

It was another 6/10 rating from The Herald, who said: “Spurned a glorious opportunity on the half-hour mark, spinning away from goal as a corner kick fell in his path, but the midfielder drilled his close-range shot wide of the near post. Was pinned back fairly deep for large spells of the game.”

The Scotsman gave Jack a 7/10, saying he played really well alongside Celtic captain Callum McGregor.

“A performance which will do the midfielder the world of good,” wrote Joel Sked. “Has taken time to find his rhythm after injury troubles but combined really well with Callum McGregor and helped Scotland gain a foothold in possession and take control of periods of the first half. Can be wasteful in the final third as could be evidenced with his chance in the first half. A good night.”

Decent

Jack’s performance doesn’t sound as though it was amazing but he did a good enough job to earn ratings of 6/10 or 7/10 from the Scottish newspapers.

It’s good to see that he’s returning to form but we need to see a sustained spell of fitness at Ibrox from the former Aberdeen captain.

Jack’s time at Ibrox has been a mixed one.

Whenever he plays, he regularly makes himself seen as one of the best – if not the best – midfielder in the Scottish game.

However, his appearances have been so few and far between lately due to injury and fitness issues that Jack’s almost become a fringe player in Govan.

He’s played nine times in all competitions this season for Giovanni van Bronckhorst with six of those appearances coming as starts.

However, he’s been in and out of the side with van Bronckhorst constantly rotating his midfield options.

That cannot be helping Jack, who needs a sustained run in the side to get back to his flying best.

In other Rangers news, here’s what the Finnish newspapers said about Glen Kamara’s display against Montenegro this week.