Rangers’ decision to sign Ryan Jack on a free transfer from Aberdeen has certainly proven to be a bargain, with the midfielder’s value having significantly increased during his time playing under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.
The defensive-midfielder made the move to Ibrox from Pittodrie in the summer of 2017 and he has been a key part of the Rangers squad ever since.
Jack enjoyed an excellent start to the season for Rangers, contributing two goals and one assist in 19 Premiership appearances, resulting in a solid 7.03 average rating, which ranks him as the 10th-best performer for the Gers in the top-flight so far this season.
Unfortunately, the 29-year-old picked up an injury in the 4-1 win against Dundee United back in February and hasn’t been seen since, with assistant manager Gary McAllister confirming recently that he travelled to London to see a specialist about his injury problems, which suggests that he is unlikely to feature again this season.
However, it has still proven to be an excellent decision to sign Jack on a free transfer, as he is now valued at £2.7m by Transfermarkt, which represents a big increase considering Rangers paid nothing for the Scottish international.
It is clear to see how the midfielder’s value has increased during his time at Ibrox, with the arrival of Steven Gerrard in 2018 also seemingly having a positive impact, as his £2.7m current value is the highest of his career.
Jack, who reportedly earns £13k per week, is one of the best passers in Gerrard’s squad, having registered a 90% pass accuracy in the league so far this season, whilst his tackling and interception stats also score highly compared to the rest of the squad.
The 40-year-old manager was full of praise for his midfielder last season, saying:
“When we came in we inherited a good player, without a doubt. Aberdeen had done a really good job with Ryan in terms of his development and giving him the opportunity to play at the top level. He obviously became a leader.
“So there was coaching prior to us that deserves a lot of credit in Ryan’s development. We obviously saw a winner when we came in.”
Therefore, it seems clear that Rangers were able to unearth a gem when they signed Jack on a free transfer, as he has proven himself to be one of the most consistent members of the squad during his time at Ibrox.
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