'Leadership and understanding' - Caixinha delivers verdict on second Rangers signing
By Will Butcher
Pedro Caixinha believes new Rangers signing Ryan Jack possesses the kind of talent that has been missing from his midfield since taking over.
Jack, 25, has signed a three-year deal with the Gers after his contract with Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen had expired, becoming Caixinha’s second signing after Bruno Alves.
Rangers confirmed the signing of Jack on their official website, who opted to leave Derek McInnes’ side despite captaining the Dons for the last three seasons.
Speaking to Rangers’ official website, manager Caixinha believes Jack is able to provide the 54-time Scottish champions with something that they missed throughout the 2016-17 season.
“I believe that we identified in him something that we need in our midfield which is leadership and understanding the game in terms of being the balance player,” Caixinha said.
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“Who builds from the back, who switches the play, who releases the full backs and allows all the offensive players to go up the park with more freedom.
“I’m very happy that Ryan is our first Scottish signing.”
Jack has remained on Pittodrie since his debut as an 18-year-old, making a huge 250 league and cup appearances before deciding to leave the Dons.
The holding midfielder is just one appearance shy of playing in 200 Scottish Premiership matches, and that experience could prove vital in looking to catch Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.
Jack will now face competition in the likes of Jason Holt, Andy Halliday and Jordan Rossiter in the middle of the park at Ibrox, as Caixinha looks to continue his summer overhaul.
The former Al-Gharafa boss will be hoping he can continue to bring in new faces, as they look to close the 39-point gap separating the Gers and Celtic in the Scottish Premiership next season.
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