By Wayne Veysey

19th May, 2017 | 6:44pm

Transfer update: Manager opens door for Rangers to sign midfielder wanted by Caixinha

By Harry Sykes

Ryan Jack has told Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes that he is quitting the club this summer amid speculation he is set to join Rangers.

McInnes revealed on Friday that midfielder Jack, 25, had informed him he will leave Pittodrie when his contract expires next month.

It is a crushing blow for Aberdeen, who had hoped that their captain would extend his spell after spending his entire career at the club.

McInnes claimed not to know where Jack is heading as he explained that Aberdeen had not received an official approach from another club for the player before his contract runs out.

HITC reported this week that sources close to the club say that the 25-year-old midfielder has turned down offers from English Championship side Barnsley and MLS club Columbus Crew in order to sign for Pedro Caixinha’s team.

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McInnes opened the door for Jack to join Rangers as he gave an update on the player’s situation.

“Ryan has now informed us it’s his intention to move on from Aberdeen,” McInnes said, as quoted by the Evening Times. “He’s informed me of that in the last couple of days.

“But there has been no official approach from any club with regards speaking to Ryan.

“We’re disappointed but we have prepared ourselves to try and deal with losing some good players and I’m confident we will get good players in.”

Central midfielder Jack seems set to depart on a free deal to Rangers even though they were defeated 2-1 in midweek by Aberdeen, who are also nine points ahead of the Glasgow club in the table and will finish the season in second place.

Caixinha has confirmed his interest this week in signing Jack.

“Because of his age, his quality and what he has done in the last two seasons, he is a player I like,” the Portugese said, as quoted by the Express.

“He is a good player. Young and Scottish.

“I like his consistency, although he has missed a few games recently. I like his leadership as captain at a young age.

“I like the way he sees the game and gives the out ball in the build-up. He gives a balance to the team when it’s attacking.”

Football Insider verdict: 

Rangers might be the bigger name in Scottish football but is it really a wise idea to be leaving the team that is second for the one that is third? Pedro Caixinha is obviously looking to get his team building done early this transfer window, and securing Jack’s signing would be something of a coup given his experience and proven ability in the Scottish league. It will be a bit of a kick in the teeth for McInnes, who has been such a strong influence on the Dons skipper. However, the midfielder clearly thinks Rangers have a better chance of overhauling six-in-a-row champions Celtic.

In other Rangers transfer news, rivals have stepped aside to clear the path for Caixinha to sign a World Cup ace.

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