By Danny Wright
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has said that Rangers have not made any contact with Ryan Jack over a supposed pre-contract deal, and that the player would prefer a move to England.
The Scottish Sun reported that Pedro Caixinha was thinking about raiding Aberdeen for their club captain, but the Scot was quick to shoot down those rumours and suggested that he is more likely to want a move to England.
Jack’s contract at Pittodrie expires at the end of the campaign meaning that clubs are free to offer him a deal during the final six months of his stay.
“It got brought to my attention and I spoke to Ryan as I normally do on training day,” said McInnes to in a video on the official Aberdeen Twitter page.
“He gave me assurances there had been no contact, he doesn’t anticipate contact and it’s not something he’s interested in.
“Ryan’s really happy here. He hasn’t ruled out staying and we’re all hopeful he will be here.
“But if he does decide to move on, his likely destination will be England. He sees that as maybe his next opportunity, if he decides to leave Aberdeen.”
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) April 14, 2017
Jack has been in impressive form for the Dons this season and has made 34 appearances across all competitions, scoring twice, despite having to undergo an operation on his knee at in September.
The 25-year-old midfielder has only ever played for Aberdeen and has made a total of 245 appearances in his time at Pittodrie.
He has been a key part in helping his club achieve a likely runners-up spot in the Scottish Premiership.
Caixinha is eager to close down the gap between Rangers and Old Firm rivals Celtic and signing Jack from second-placed Aberdeen would have been a huge step towards that.
Football Insider Verdict
It didn’t take long for McInnes to break silence on the rumours but his willingness to admit that Jack is more likely to go to England means that he is being completely open about the subject. The Dons captain is a very good player and would make a great addition to Caixinha’s midfield with Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral’s loan stays set to expire at the end of the season. The Portuguese boss needs experience in his side and Jack has that in abundance. It’s good to see the Light Blues looking at targets early though because this will save a lot of time in the summer.
In other Rangers news, the expected line-up to face Partick sees three big changes.