STEVEN GERRARD was impressed with Gers star Ryan Jack’s midfield performances in Scotland’s recent wins over Cyprus away and Kazakhstan at Hampden.
The Gers manager watched both games during the international break and gave his assessment on his player’s displays in the European Championship qualifiers.
27-year-old Jack played the full 180 minutes as Steve Clarke’s men enjoyed back-to-back victories – 2-1 and 3-1 – on November 16 and 19.
Gerrard said: “I thought against Cyprus he was finding his way back into the international setup and getting used to the players around him if you like.
“It was his first start under Steve Clarke so I think Ryan’s performance looked to me like he was adapting to everyone around him.
In the second game I thought he was outstanding and showed the form that he has been in for us for a long time.
“I’m sure he has given Steve Clarke something to think about because I thought that midfield three – just to prove I’m not biased – of McGregor, Jack and McGinn was outstanding as a threesome.
“Jacko is Jacko. I know what Jacko is about, he’ll run through that wall if you asked him. He’s hungry, he’s desperate to play football; he’s almost impossible to leave out and rest and offload because he gives you that look that says ‘don’t, I don’t want that’.
“I think he has missed enough football over the years. He knows he is in a great place and when you have that feeling as a player you just want to continue to play.”
Speaking at this morning’s press conference at the Hummel Training Centre ahead of Sunday’s Premiership match against Hamilton, Gerrard praised red-hot striker Alfredo Morelos after he opened his goals account for Colombia with an injury time winner against Peru in Florida on Saturday.
He said: “We are very pleased for him. I think from our point of view it was only a matter of time. I think the form he’s in, not just the talent and the ability to score goals, but his all round game and his behaviour has certainly improved.
We know if we can keep him in this moment, it was only going to be a matter of time before he would get called up, he would get an opportunity and he would score goals because that’s what he does.
“I think people forget he is still 22 and his numbers speak for themselves. He’s box office and that’s the reason everyone talks about him and questions him and sets him the next challenge.
“But I’ve got no doubt he’ll continue to answer all the questions that come his way if he stays focused. If he keeps living for the game I’ve got no doubt that he’ll continue to break many records.”