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17th May, 2017 | 9:47am

Whyte: Reported Rangers target would be taking step backwards by moving to Ibrox

By Harvey Byrne

Former Celtic man Derek Whyte believes reported Rangers target Ryan Jack would be taking a step backwards if he leaves Aberdeen for Ibrox.

The Gers are on the look for players to bolster their squad as they look to improve on their third placed league position this summer.

A number of players have been linked with a move to the Glasgow giants because of this and in April the Scottish Sun reported that Rangers were tracking Jack, who is currently starring for the second placed Dons.

But, Whyte, who played for Aberdeen himself between 1997 and 2002 believes Jack would be taking a step backwards if he makes the move to Pedro Caixinha’s side and has questioned why he would make the transfer.

“No, he shouldn’t move to Rangers. Why would you leave Aberdeen, a club that’s been successful over the last couple of years, to go with Rangers,” told Whyte, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

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“Arguably Rangers are a bigger club, but why would you want to go to Rangers when you’re playing in a better team at the moment?

“If he’s wanting to improve himself he’s got to go to England, not Scotland. If you’re going to improve yourself, that’s not going to happen at Rangers.

“I think it would be a step back. He’s an Aberdeen boy as well.

“It has happened a couple of times with David Robertson and a few other players have done that kind of swap.

“But I think he’s better to improve himself in England.

“I like him, he’s a good player. He could probably score more goals for a midfielder for me, but he’s a very good player.

“Maybe not Premier League, I don’t think he’s good enough for that. But certainly a good Championship club.”

Aberdeen currently sit six points above Rangers in second place, while the Gers trail in third.

Jack has played a big part in the Dons’ high placing this season and he has featured in 25 of their 36 Premiership matches, returning two goals.

However, he is out of contract at Aberdeen later this month, meaning the second placed side may not be able to have a say in where his future lies.

In other Rangers transfer news, the Gers are keen to tie up a deal for this creative spark this week.

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