RYAN JACK has revealed that Steven Gerrard applauded Scotland at Euro 2020 and was the first on the phone to congratulate him.
Former England star Gerrard had insisted he would back Steve Clarke’s side in last week’s play-offs in Serbia.
Gerrard was delighted that Rangers man Jack played a key role in the triumph for Belgrade which set up a date at Wembley next summer.
Jack – set to win his tenth selection in Israel – was quickly contacted by Gerrard as well as Ibrox No 2 and former Scottish captain Gary McAllister.
The midfielder said: “I got messages from both and there were a lot of them.
“The manager was probably one of the first to send me a message after the game.
“He said, ‘Well done, I watched the game, great performance, great team performance and it’s great to see you pass.’ I appreciated this, as I did all the posts. At club level, Steven Gerrard has worked hard with me and has shown confidence and conviction.
“Since I first spoke to Steve Clarke he has shown exactly the same thing and as a player that has helped me a lot. It can get the most out of me.
Aberdeen legend Willie Miller was a major influence on Jack during his years in Pittodrie, while McAllister proved the same to Ibrox.
Now Jack would love to emulate them when playing for Scotland in a major final.
The 28-year-old added: “That’s my goal.
“When the manager here got the job and we had a conversation, he immediately made me feel like I was part of the Scottish setup. It was huge for me.
“On the international stage, I hadn’t really had that before, where I felt involved and part of the plans. This aspect really helped me and from that first conversation I thought that was the point.
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“I felt like there was a chance with the band that we had that we could go and achieve something. We said at the start that we were trying to go on a trip. Qualifying for a major competition is just the start.
“In the future there will be more competitions and more big games to come, so this is the start and I hope we can continue.”
Victory in Tel Aviv would see Scotland finish top of Nations League group B2, gain promotion to first row and bolster our hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.
It’s a third game against the Israelis in two months and Jack said: “They probably made our toughest game. The two times we’ve played them recently, it’s been close.
“We know we are going for a very difficult game. It’s a huge game for us.
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