ACCORDING to Ryan Jack Rangers have one focus this week and that is reaching the League Cup semi-finals.
The midfielder says the Gers squad are banishing thoughts of Saturday’s Old Firm to the back of their minds as they try to go one better than Friday night and defeat Partick Thistle.
Jack believes Alan Archibald’s side will have taken confidence from their point but he knows how crucial a win is to take the Light Blues one step closer to their first League Cup since 2011.
The 25-year-old said: “Any week at a club like Rangers is as equally important as the other, every game is a massive game and every team raises their game playing against us.
“Looking at tomorrow night it will be no different, Thistle will have got their point on Friday and they will believe they can go again and get a good result. We have to stand up to that and show them what we are about.
“It is about doing as well as you can in every competition and we see this as a chance to get back to the national stadium and get to a semi-final and a chance of a cup final.
“You never know when you get to a final whether you can win it or not but you have to put yourself in the positon to have that chance.
“There isn’t a bigger game this week than getting this club to the semi-final of the League Cup.
“The fans since I have come here have been great, home and away their support is fantastic, you saw that on Friday night.
“When you go out and see that stand at Firhill packed out with Rangers fans it is a great to see. They got right behind us right till the end and I am sure tomorrow night will be no different.
“They will be there to do their bit and I think as players it is down to us to get them behind us and do our bit.”
Jack admitted the news that Lee Wallace will miss both this week’s games has come as a blow to the squad.
The Gers captain hobbled out of Friday’s Premiership game with a groin injury after just 12 minutes and was replaced by Declan John – who Jack says now needs to step up to replace the skipper.
He continued: “It is a blow to lose any player but Lee is such a big player in the changing room and he is a great leader and a great captain.
“For him to be ruled out is a hard one for him to take and it is disappointing for us as players. I am sure he will stay strong and as a team we will get through it.
“Declan will see it as chance to come in and do really well. I thought he did perfectly fine on Friday, he says himself that he hasn’t had a lot of game time over pre-season and the back end of last season.
“It was probably the first good amount of minutes he has had in a while. I think he handled it fine and I am sure he will build on that.”