Midfielder on Rangers radar close to agreeing terms of mega-bucks deal - reports
By Danny Wright
Rangers are set to miss out on signing Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack as he is close to agreeing terms with MLS side Columbus Crew, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that the Dons captain will make a mega-bucks move across the Atlantic when his contract at Pittodrie expires at the end of the campaign.
It is said he will snub offers from Rangers and Aberdeen to make what amounts to a surprise transfer.
The Scottish Sun had reported last week that Jack was on the Rangers radar as Pedro Caixinha seeks to make summer improvements to his under performing squad.
However the 25-year-old is now understood to be off to the USA despite being also handed offers from England.
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The MLS transfer window closes on May 8, but he will be able to sign for Colombus Crew after that date as he will be a free agent.
The former Scotland Under-21 player has made 248 appearances for the Dons across all competitions, scoring 11 goals.
He has spent the entirety of his career at the Scottish Premiership’s second-placed club after rising through the ranks of their academy to make his first-team debut in 2010 aged 18.
Jack lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2014 and still has the chance of lifting one more piece of silverware with Aberdeen as they take on Celtic in the Scottish Cup final next month.
Football Insider Verdict
If Rangers miss out on signing Jack, it will be a huge blow to their chances of improving the squad in the summer. Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral are likely to return to their parent clubs, meaning that central midfielders must be high on Caixinha’s summer shortlist. Jack has a great mixture of experience and youthfulness, because at 25-years-of-age he is still a player than can offer almost a decade-worth of performances for a club, while also having almost 250 senior games to his name. This transfer could also be a show of how much Rangers are lacking financially because Colombus Crew are by no means one of the USA’s top sides.