Aberdeen, Rangers, and the slaughtering of Ryan Jack


One of the worst-kept secrets in Scottish football is Aberdeen’s former captain Ryan Jack making a summer switch to Ibrox. I say former because the press has made quite a big deal of the fact the Pittodrie outfit relieved him of the armband and furnished Graeme Shinnie with it instead.

Indeed, the press and Scottish football in general have made a real stink about the fact Jack is swapping Pittodrie for Ibrox, as if such behaviour is abhorrent.

If ever the hatred for Rangers in Scottish football resurface to an alarming degree, this would be it. It does seem every time an SPL player is linked to Ibrox, the game north of the border and its sycophantic poodle press endeavours to either protest or plain smear the player and Rangers.

If we take Willie Miller’s intriguing comments to begin with:

“It’s disappointing he is leaving Aberdeen but you have to respect his right to do that. But I would urge Ryan not to jump in with both feet if Rangers come calling. I was also offered the chance to go to Rangers in 1983 and would have received far more money than I was on at Aberdeen. But I stayed with the Dons because I was convinced they were the club who offered me the best chance of doing what was more important to me – winning trophies. On the evidence of recent seasons you would have to say the same applies today. I have no doubts that Aberdeen will continue to challenge for honours under Derek McInnes, but could Ryan be certain of doing that if he signs for Rangers? There is no doubt Rangers are capable of challenging for honours if they get their act together. But there are still question marks over whether their new manager is capable of that, and there is constant talk of Rangers still having financial difficulties.”

Can you imagine him saying the same thing if Jack was switching to Hearts or a mid table MLS side who had no chance of winning anything? Absolutely not. He would express disappointment but wish the lad well.

And the epitome of bitterness was realised when the club as a whole decided not to let the lad lead his team out for the cup final, in what would have been a fine ending for his time there. Had he been moving to Celtic, the red carpet would have rolled out and the captain’s armband on his bicep gold-trimmed.

Indeed, Callum Paterson looks like he is going to Cardiff rather than Rangers, a team mid table in the English Championship and not really going anywhere. Not a peep of objection about this move, but if Rangers’ interest was to build momentum you can guarantee the knives would be out in the press.

Should the Louis Moult and Ben Henaghan stories gather pace, they too will suffer a barrage of rubbish from their peers here.

Ryan Jack appears to be getting absolutely slaughtered by everyone in Scottish football right now, just like anyone in this backwater country who switches to Ibrox.

Think Ian Black, David Templeton, Jon Daly, Kevin Kyle; even Danny Wilson was blasted for ‘lacking ambition’ – they all got abused by our game for joining Rangers.

No one likes us, and any player who joins us has to know that. But it is a bit pathetic too.


  1. Once again Ibrox Noise hits the nail on the head. We have suffered over the years from Clubs, Club Directors, Managers, ex Managers and of course the written media and BBC on bias against our club.
    We can go back to Dundee United twice making things so difficult to do business with in signing Richard Gough and Duncan Ferguson and in more recent times Hibs categorically refusing to deal with us in trying to sign Scott Allen and no doubt to ensure we never get him Lawwell bought him, when they really didn't want him.
    Willie Miller is employed by the BBC and ex Aberdeen and if you look at the other employees on Radio Scotland and the Sportscene team, there are very few who ever side with Rangers even when they have performed well.

    • Dundee United were also impossible to deal with when Jock Wallace tried to sign Andy Gray.

  2. Now WM and the rest shut the f— up we got him he is ours on a min of £10 grand plus we are bigger much bigger no huge if you compare us to Aberdeen what financial difficulties do we have none,we are back and going for the num 1 spot.

  3. The sheep are bleating. Cos they know how bah-ah-ah-ha-ha-had it will be for them next season. No captain, no manager, no new stadium, no hope. Backwards and downwards for the wooliebacks. Get it up ye Miller ya bawbag.

  4. I'm disappointed you have given WM a mention. Since when have we ever listened to a word that half-wits got to say.
    I'm not a fan of Jack I'm afraid. I've watched him against shellic (please look for yourselves). He was absolutely lost and couldn't stop an ice-cream van in the DM against them. So how will Rangers benefit against them with him in the team?!
    As for the rest of the proposed prospect signings, ie, Moult, Paterson(aka peg-leg Prodan?!), etc, they are simply not good enough to beat shellic. Lets face it folks, if they were to sign, then we will be battling for 2nd and 3rd next season.
    Alves is the only potential name that could handle the pressure cooker at ibrox and is a quality defender, the rest are second rate and not Rangers class.
    Not one of us (including me) predicted Pedro being the next Rangers Manager. So predicting who will sign will probably be just as surprising. We need strong, athletic, skilful players who never say die at Ibrox, and will match shellic players pound for pound. Anything less, is just a waste of every Rangers supporters time and passion for our club!

    • GJ… spot on Jack isn't good enough and for the life of me adont get why we're in for him…the money on wages being reported would be better spent elsewhere.

  5. As long as all the players that we want to sign understand that the potential of Rangers is by far greater than any other team in Scotland, with the possible exception of Celtic. These good players will find it easier to play regularly for the Rangers starting eleven at this moment of time, than going to Celtic and maybe having to sit on the bench.

    If a player wants to transfer for money only, then a Championship team will be in a position to pay more money than Rangers with this present skint board running the club.

  6. Feeling under the weather? Then there’s no time to waste. Come along for an evening’s entertainment with our in-house motivational speaker, Willie Miller, and his show “The Road to the Final.” With guest speaker, Maurice Malpas. Doors open Wed 7pm at the North-East Euthanasia Clinic, Ashes Road, Aberdeen.

  7. The embarrassment that is Scottish football. In any other country Aberdeen would be slated for acting so childish. Removing ur captain for one of the biggest matches of his career just because of who he may sign for is terrible. No appreciation for one of there own players who have helped them over the last few seasons, no appreciation at all for what he has done for them. No wonder people down south laught at our league

  8. Upon opening his new soccer coaching schools in Perm (Russia) and Tash-kent (Uzbekistan), Willie Miller commented, "I've always felt that a part of me was already in these cities. And I've always been a believer in Youth in Asia. I hope that these schools can help me spread some genuine hopelessness to a new generation."

  9. This should be the boards motivation to get it right up them(the haters).They love the blue pound though. We were the ones who put scottish football back on the map when souness was attracting englands best to our game.They were all happy to live off the RANGERS revolution back then. We as an institution have never nor should we resort to lowering our standards in treating a rival club with hatred and contempt simply on the grounds of their proudness to be scottsh/british.

  10. Agree with all the input its disgusting but not unexpected . We were completely bladed when we were ushered to the 4th Tier of Scottish Football by ALL We will boycott these people please and hurt them where it really hurts they are a disgrace and have ruined Scottish Football

  11. Things must be on the up, cause I only see the unprofessional, cowardly and dickhead behaviour of the vast majority of other Scottish clubs and the media as a guarantee that happy days lie ahead for the Famous Glasgow Rangers, AND THEY KNOW IT!! that is whats seriously pissin them off, they are gutted that their jealousy driven and shameful campaigns to finally kill us off failed big time, although I concede that they came a wee bit too close for comfort,

    Sooner rather than later The Ger's WILL be internationally recognised once again as the mighty force they have always been, just a pity that no one has yet come up with a sensible proposal for a Euro league format as I personally would feel a lot cleaner and more content leaving all these Scottish, corner shop at best, pathetic and petty clubs to finance their own existence instead of living off the dregs that have fallen from the Rangers table for last 100 years, but that issue, I appreciate, is for another day

    The famous saying goes- NO ONE LIKES US AND WE DONT CARE – but the critical aspect of that phrase is that WE ALL HAVE TO BELIEVE IN IT, cause it aint gonny change any time soon and if you let these nonentities get to you then their winning,

    Personally if I cared any less I wouldny care at all- ON-WARDS AND UP-WARDS


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