25-year-old midfield enforcer: I grew up a Rangers fan
By Harvey Byrne
Rangers’ Thursday signing Ryan Jack has stated that he was a supporter of the Ibrox giants growing up and idolised club hero Paul Gascoigne.
The 25-year-old midfield enforcer left Aberdeen, where he was captain for the Gers in a free transfer after his contract expired at the second placed club.
Aberdeen was where Jack was born and he has been a part of the Dons team for nine years after signing in the summer of 2008.
However, Jack has told that his allegiances as a youngster were to Rangers with his mum’s side of the family all supporting the Scottish giants.
“I think it sunk in on Wednesday when I went into Ibrox with my family,” told Jack, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“Standing in the tunnel it really hit home that I was a Rangers player. I’m over the moon, I am delighted.
“I probably idolised the likes of Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard, but obviously Paul Gascoigne was a hero too
“It’s a huge honour for me and I can’t wait to get started.”
Jack played in 26 Premiership matches for Aberdeen last season as he helped the Dons finish above Rangers in second place.
He will now be hoping to have similar success in Ibrox as the Scottish giants look to close the gap with fierce rivals Celtic in the next campaign.
There was a 39-point gap between the two Glasgow clubs last season and Rangers will be hoping for a much closer points total next time around.
Of course Portuguese veteran Bruno Alves has already made the switch to Ibrox and manager Pedro Caixinha is sure to be wanting to bring in many more new faces as he plans to leads his side into the Europa League.
In other Rangers news, Kevin Thomson has identified the types of players the Gers need to bring into the club.