RYAN JACK knows Rangers will have to hit top form if they are to beat an Aberdeen side they have faced five times already this season in tomorrow night’s Scottish Cup quarter-final replay.
The Light Blues midfielder, who of course played for the Dons before moving to Ibrox in June 2017, is looking forward to another battle against his former side although he admits it will be difficult for either team to surprise the other given the number of times they have met already throughout this campaign.
Jack, speaking at this morning pre-match press conference at the Hummel Training Centre, said: “I think it’s just the way the league is and the way the draws have worked out for the cup competitions.
“I think what we do know is that every time we have played Aberdeen and faced them it’s been a very tough match, so tomorrow night we expect the best Aberdeen to turn up to Ibrox and we need to show a reaction from Friday and make sure we turn up as well.
At the start of the season we said that we wanted to do as well as we could in all the competitions we entered, and I think we’ve not hidden away from the fact we want to do very well in the Scottish Cup and we do want to go all the way.
“But we know it’s going to be a very tough test in front of us tomorrow night and we’ve got to put all our focus into that match.
“I think Aberdeen will definitely come with belief and a game plan to probably hit us on the counter attack and try and soak up the pressure, as they did the last time we played [at Ibrox].
“But, as I said, we just need to focus on ourselves and make sure we show a reaction from Friday night after dropping two points.
“We’ve got a great chance to go to the National Stadium and play in another semi-final, so we need to turn up and play as well as we can.”
Jack has recently enjoyed playing alongside January signing Glen Kamara and he feels the Finn has bolstered manager Steven Gerrard’s options for the key positions in the middle of the park.
He added: “It’s been very good. Glenn’s a good footballer, a top footballer, and that’s obviously why the manager has brought him to the club.
“We’ve got a great selection of midfielders at the minute so we all enjoying playing with each other and it’s tough competition for a place in the team. That’s the way you want it to be at a big club.”