RYAN Jack admits Rangers late second goal means the Light Blues can head to Macedonia with confidence on Tuesday.
Steven Gerrard’s men kept a clean sheet and netted once in either half in the first leg of their Europa League Qualifier. The Gers boss brought Jack on with 35 minutes left to play.
It was Jack’s competitive first action since he was sidelined in December, missing half his first season at Ibrox.
A smiling Jack said: “I was on the bench but to come off the bench and play a part in the first victory for the club of the season in competitive football.
“I am really pleased for myself especially to be able to get myself back fit and to get back out there in front of the fans. For me, all-round, it was a good night.
“I missed a lot of football last season and you always want to be playing, footballers have short careers and I want to make up for that time I have been out.
“I just want to work as hard as I can, keep improving my fitness and I haven’t had a lot of minutes since my injury so tonight has just added to that. Hopefully going forward I will get more minutes.
“I think we have stated before and we have seen in Europe that big teams can get shocked.
“Going over there 1-0 or 2-0 is a big difference and when we go over there we will just play the same game, organised, composed and control the game. We have players in the team that can score goals so we are confident.
“We controlled most of the first-half, it was good and then for a wee spell of the second-half maybe we never really controlled it as well as we had wanted. Then we picked it up again and got the penalty.
“It is 2-0 and we got the clean sheet and out first win together, I am really pleased with those aspects.”
Jack was part of the Rangers side who were knocked out of Europe at this stage last year and he still holds bitter memories from that evening.
The 26-year-old has more experience than most in the current squad when it comes to the Europa League and he has taken on Macedonian opposition before, with Aberdeen in 2015 against KF Shkëndija.
He continued: “There are always points to prove and this is a point to prove and this is one of those. Last year wasn’t good enough and it still haunts me to this day how bad a result it actually was.
“It will definitely be on my mind going into next week that we don’t want a repeat of that.
“I have played in this competition for a few years, have been to a few tough grounds and played in hot conditions.
“I am looking forward to it, it is always good when you’re in Europe and you get the wee trip away. But it is only good if you qualify and you win the game then you really do enjoy it.”