In Focus: Ryan Jack would have been a fine addition to Rangers

As reported by ESPN, Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack will rebuff the advances of Rangers and sign for MLS side Columbus Crew when his deal expires this summer.

What’s the story?

Rangers were reported in April to be very interested in signing him up at the end of the season, a move which would have not only bolstered their midfield but dealt a blow to their rivals.

However, ESPN reckon that America is his destination when his contract expires shortly. The transfer window in MLS closes next week but they will be left free to sign Jack on a free past that deadline.

What are the Gers missing out on?

A missed opportunity

Jack is a talented and committed midfield player and it’s an area of the team that Rangers badly need to improve. Two of their brightest stars in the middle of the park, Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral, will be heading back to their parent clubs in the summer, leaving them very short indeed.

Given the Gers don’t have fortunes to spend on transfer fees, a move for Jack could have represented good value too.

Not signing for the Dons’ rivals is something that will please supporters at Pittodrie, seeing their captain leave to move to Glasgow would likely have been sickening and while they won’t be pleased to lose him at all, at least he will be playing on foreign shores.

With close to 250 appearances for Aberdeen and at 25 coming into the peak of his career, Rangers could have landed one of the best midfielders in Scotland but it all looks to be a missed opportunity now.