GRAEME MURTY hopes the Pittodrie crowd have an extra reason to heckle Ryan Jack tomorrow as he looks to inspire Rangers to victory over Aberdeen.

The midfielder was booed by a section of the home support when he made his Scotland debut against The Netherlands last month.

And the travelling Dons fans made their anger towards their former captain clear during the Premiership clash at Ibrox in midweek.

Jack will return to the North East as a Rangers player for the first time as Murty’s side look to follow up their 3-0 win with another crucial top flight success.

And the interim Ibrox boss has no doubt that the 25-year-old will handle whatever abuse is directed at him from the stands on his former stomping ground.

Murty said: “I think he can cope with it. I think he can handle it and I think the level of their response to Ryan will depend on our performance.

“If we’re doing particularly well I’m sure he’ll get more and more and more stick. If he gets a lot of stick it possibly means we are doing well. I’m sure he won’t mind a bit as long as we come away with a positive result.

“He coped really well, I thought he was one of the driving forces in the team. I thought he showed a level of maturity and emotional control that has possibly been an area he needed to work on.

“But I thought on Wednesday evening he reined that in really well and put all his energies in to putting in a top drawer performance for us.

“If it means we come away with a really, really good result then say what you like! Honestly, I do believe it’s a shame. I believe it’s a shame, Ryan gave that club fantastic service.

“But he showed on Wednesday the reasons physically, tactically and mentally why we wanted him at the football club.

“That kind of reinforced it on Wednesday night. He’s a good footballer who operates at a really, really good level and we appreciate him while he’s here.”