RYAN Jack admits he is “itching” to get his first taste of group stage football in the Europa League.
The midfielder has missed the first two matchdays in Group G, as the Gers cruised to the top of their section, through injury. A calf problem kept the 26-year-old out for most of September.
Jack returned before the international break to face Hearts but wasn’t risked on Hamilton’s artificial surface on Sunday in the Light Blues’ first Premiership away win. He now comes back into contention for the visit of Spartak Moscow to Ibrox tomorrow.
Speaking to the media the midfielder said: “Any time you pick up an injury or a knock it is frustrating but it is about recovery and getting yourself right and fit.
“At this club there is always big games coming thick and fast and as you see this week I am delighted to be back in the squad and looking forward to the big week ahead.
“I have not played the first two games so I am itching to get involved and I can’t wait for tomorrow night to come.
“When you are out injured you just have to keep doing the right thing, keep eating the right foods and keep living the right way because it is all key for when you do get back training.
“It is important you keep your standards and you don’t let things slip just because you’re not on the pitch or training every day..
“The staff have done excellently with me, as have the physios and they have all got me back one hundred percent.
“It [European football] was a big factor in moving here, I knew that we were building a squad of players who could hopefully make the group stages. Previously I had missed out on that opportunity two or three times while at Aberdeen.
“Thankfully this season the manager has built a really strong squad, a really good group of players and we have managed to make the group stage.”
Rangers swept aside Rapid Vienna in a frantic final ten minutes in the first group stage game at Ibrox.
Jack is expecting the Gers to take a similar approach to this week’s game and believes the supporters will once again be crucial to the outcome.
He continued: “You saw from the way the team played, right from the quick off, that we set up to go out and attack and really take the game to Rapid. The fans really bought into the way we played and the boys were excellent.
“I think it is about looking for a similar performance tomorrow and I am sure if we put in that commitment and show that desire then the fans will come with us. We look forward to trying to get a positive result.”