DELIGHTED Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has hailed Ryan Jack following the midfielder’s two goals in the 4-0 win over Ross County in Dingwall last night.
The victory in the Highlands keeps the Ibrox side joint top of the Premiership on 25 points with Celtic who beat St Mirren 2-0 at Parkhead.
Jack claimed the first double of his career and Alfredo Morelos also chipped in with a couple to take his tally for the campaign to 18.
Gerrard reckons the former Aberdeen skipper, who recently signed a contract extension to 2023, and told the Daily Record: “Ryan is an example for the rest of the squad because he never drops his standards, whether it’s a training session or a game.
“He knits everything together, he drives the team on, he demands from everyone else around him.
“It was a performance of a proper leader and with his two finishes, he is adding that to his game, as well. He has come on leaps and bounds and just needs to keep going.
HIGHLAND FLING…Steven Gerrard smiles as he watches Rangers romp to victory.
MARKSMAN MORELOS…Colombian hitman Alfredo celebrates the first of his double against Ross County.
CHEERS…two-goal Ryan Jack is congratulated by James Tavernier.
“He is so vital to us and that’s the reason I took him off, because I had that luxury. He scored two fantastic goals and was getting excited for a hat-trick, but I had to take him off.
“It was a strong performance. I was delighted with our mentality coming into the game. We competed well and did all the basics very well. That’s what we need in every game – we can’t pick and choose.”
The Ibrox gaffer added: “I’ve been disappointed in how we started the two previous domestic games. We cruised into them with an arrogance which is not us. We’re not at the level where we can do that.
“We have to treat every single opposition with the same respect and really go into the game ready to fight and compete.
“But we put that right tonight and put in a strong performance for the majority of the game.
“I thought we got sloppy in the last 20 minutes and our standards dropped, but the game was won by then.
“We are in a good place. We’ll go into the weekend against Hearts with confidence and belief. It’s a semi-final and there’s a lot at stake.”
Gerrard’s men take on Craig Levein’s Tynecastle outfit shortly after dropping two points in the 1-1 draw at Tynecastle.
The pair meet on Sunday afternoon following Celtic’s game against Hibs the previous evening at Hampden.