Jackie McNamara says that Rangers have secured a “very important” deal in tying down Ryan Jack to a new contract deal at Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the midfielder is clearly a player Steven Gerrard has a great amount of trust in and that the Gers believe he can help them end Celtic’s reign of dominance over Scotland.

Rangers confirmed last week that the 27-year-old had put pen to paper on a two-year extension, meaning he is now tied down at Ibrox until the summer of 2023.

McNamara says that new deals for Jack and Nikola Katic in recent weeks demonstrate the Gers’ belief that these players can make a real difference over the coming years as they try to stop Celtic winning nine Premiership titles in a row.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I think he (Gerrard) has a lot of trust in him with the new contract as well. He seems a very important player for him, the team and how he wants to play, in protecting the defence.

“They obviously see him as very important to their chances of catching Celtic and winning the league, him and a few others. They obviously want to try and tie up a few players long-term, tie up a few others too.”

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Jack has played 84 times for Rangers since joining on a free transfer from Aberdeen, with five goals and nine assists under his belt so far.

This season has seen him turn out in 17 games across all competitions for Gerrard, returning from a slight injury problem against Porto in midweek.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider pundit was left raving as the Gers close in on securing an international contract deal.