RYAN Jack admits being top of the league proves Rangers are moving in the right direction but insists it means nothing if the Gers can’t string a good run together to end the year.
The Light Blues head to Edinburgh tomorrow to face Hibernian for the first time this season with Hibs coming off the back of a 2-0 win over Celtic. Jack was injured when Rangers drew 5-5 at Easter Road on the final day of last season, the teams’ last meeting.
Rangers must play Neil Lennon’s side twice, with a visit to St Johnstone in between before the final Old Firm of 2018 on December 29 and the midfielder is targeting a successful spell.
Speaking to the media Jack said: “Going top of the league is great; it’s great for morale in the team and shows we are moving in the right direction.
“As the manager has said it is really too early to be talking about staying top of the league and doing this or doing that. It is just about staying focussed and taking each game as it comes.
“There is no denying it would be great to go into the Old Firm top but it is going to be three huge games before we go into that fixture.
“I think it is important that we put in as good as performances as we can and make sure the confidence is high going into that one.
“You don’t get carried away, we went top after we played Hearts and got a good result and then we had a wee dip in form.
“It is probably too early to be discussing that but it is good for morale and as long as we stay there we’ll be happy.
“I am expecting a tough game at Easter Road; Hibs are probably not where they would want to be in the league table.
“But you saw from the weekend they are on the back of a good win against Celtic and I am sure their confidence will be high. Saying that we are well prepared and ready to get a good result.”
Jack has already surpassed his appearance total from last season and that’s despite picking up a knee injury during this campaign.
He has started the Gers last four games and confesses he is enjoying a more forward role when he is joined by Ross McCrorie in the middle.
He continued: “I enjoy wherever I play to be honest but wherever you are asked to play you just want to do the job the best you can.
“Whether it is playing deeper or playing further forward you just get on with it and I have enjoyed it.
“Off the back of last season it was frustrating for myself. I had a bad knee injury and then coming in pre-season it was just about trying to get as fit as I could, get in the manager’s thoughts and make sure I had a future at the club.
“I have done that and now I am starting to get a good run of games I feel like I am starting to get the best out of myself.
“The squad we have got together now it’s full of characters, strong mentalities and good ability – that is the main thing.
“At the moment I am enjoying playing in it and the rest of the lads are the same, we are really enjoying our football and we want to keep that going.”