Ryan Jack of Aberdeen chases down the ball

By Russell Edge

Rangers look set to secure the signing of Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack on a free transfer, according to a report.

HITC claim 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.

Central midfielder Jack sees his contract at Pittodrie expire next month and seems set to depart on a free deal to their Premiership rivals, despite second placed Dons sitting six points clear of the Gers in third.

The 25-year-old has spent his entire professional career at the club, and was named captain ahead of the 2015/16 season.

The former Scotland U21 player has made 31 appearances across all competitions for Derek McInnes’ side, scoring two goals.

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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 will prove to be a bit of a coup. It will be a bit of a kick in the teeth for Derek McInnes and his side, who have proven themselves to be the better side this season. However, the midfielder might be thinking that Rangers are the more likely side to compete with Celtic at the very top, as opposed to Aberdeen who appear satisfied to finish second.

In other Rangers news, Neil Lennon has given his verdict on whether the Gers can compete with their Old Firm rivals for the title next season.

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