Manager Michael Beale has confirmed a new Rangers contract for a ‘senior player’ will be signed/announced inside 48 hours, with speculation that it is Ryan Jack to pen a one-year extension, rather than the majorly-hyped pair of Alfredo Morelos or Ryan Kent.
The manager was speaking today during his pre-Hibs media duties and confirmed the extension for Leon King is likely to be confirmed imminently as well, but it’s that ‘senior player’ who is also earning a new contract which has led to strong speculation it’s Jack in midfield.
We cannot confirm that one as yet, given there are approaching a dozen Rangers players out of contract in the summer, but if it is Jack it’s set to be greeted with a mixed reaction, of those who rate his contribution in midfield and his full-blooded heart, and those who think he’s a permanent injury case who isn’t available half the time.
We at Ibrox Noise are somewhere in the middle – Jack’s best form has been under Michael Beale, with his career peak being the first half of 55 during which Rangers’ defensive form was absolutely stupendous. Injury derailed him from that February onwards and he hasn’t been the same player since.
But if these hints are true, he’s to be granted an extension.
Value for money? Well, 55 was worth its weight in gold, and his contribution the first half was incalculable, but that’s a while ago now, and his career appearances as a Rangers player in five years total 96 league matches of a possible 190, never managing more than 25 in a season.
So for pure player value, it’s not been the best, albeit he was a Bosman in the first place.
A fit and in-form Ryan Jack is probably the best in his position in the country, but he’s not been at that level approaching three years – whether Michael Beale can get more fitness from him at Rangers we heavily doubt, but clearly he sees enough in Jack that he wants to keep him.
Time will tell how many matches he plays for the Ibrox side here on in.