Steven Gerrard was the driving force behind Ryan Jack being handed a £4million-plus new deal that catapults him into the top bracket of earners at Rangers, Football Insider understands.
The Scottish giants announced last week that the central midfielder, 27, had put pen to paper on a new four-year contract that ties him to the club until 2023.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Gerrard pushed for Jack to be rewarded with a significant pay rise for his impressive development and key role in the title-chasing side.
The new deal will run two years beyond Jack’s last deal which had been signed only 10 months previously.
It means he will be paid more than £20,000-a-week, a sum that lifts him towards the top earners at Ibrox led by striker Alfredo Morelos.
The Colombia international signed a new deal earlier this year worth upwards of £30,000-a-week amid strong interest from club’s across the globe.
Jack does not quite have Morelos’ value, but Gerrard is in no doubt about his effectiveness in the heart of a Rangers midfield that has been impressively consistent this season.
The player signed on free transfer from Aberdeen in the summer of 2017 has taken his game to new heights during the reign of one of the all-time greats of English football.
He has built a strong partnership with Steven Davis this season and the pair have emerged as the first choices in the middle of the pitch.
Jack has made 17 appearances for Rangers in this campaign, all of which have been starts, and 84 in total for the club.
He made a welcome return from injury last weekend, but was an unused substitute in the 2-1 home win over Motherwell at Ibrox.