Michael Stewart thinks Ryan Jack was “pretty calm” as Rangers beat Celtic 2-1 in the Scottish Cup semi-finals but believes Steven Davis “made the difference” at Hampden. as he told Premier Sports.
Minutes before Scott Arfield equalised, Jack was pulled off by Giovanni van Bronckhorst for Davis’ more experienced legs.
It proved to be the right choice, as Davis’ expertise in the middle of the park allowed Rangers to control the game and quickly put it in Celtic’s half.
Not only that, after playing 120 minutes against Braga in Europe on Thursday night there would be that extra pressure on those legs that they endured.
Here’s what Stewart had to say about Jack and Davis’ performances after yesterday’s game.
“I thought Ryan Jack was pretty calm this afternoon,” Stewart said. “Steven Davis came along and made the difference.
“When he came on with Scott Arfield, we watched these subs come up and we were like, ‘Very similar. Wouldn’t he maybe try to change it up a bit?’
“But thanks to Giovanni van Bronckhorst because it had an impact. Steve Davis said they got better control in the middle of the park. This extra pass. They dominated possession and Arfield came into the penalty area.”
The only big advantage Rangers will take away from yesterday’s win was what they did in overtime.
It wasn’t about having your back against the wall, it was about being the better team, creating the best chances and showing more energy.
All of this despite Thursday night’s events which will raise additional questions about what happened to Celtic.
Either way, for Van Bronckhorst, who may add two trophies in his first season at the club when he joined him midway, the Dutchman will be off to a good start.
In other news, West Ham want the Manchester United youngster Gary Neville thinks he’s ‘really good’.
https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/18/michael-stewart-says-rangers-midfielder-was-pretty-quiet-v-celtic/ Michael Stewart says the Rangers midfielder was ‘pretty quiet’ against Celtic