Ryan Jack’s stellar display v Hibernian may just have earned him a new contract at Ibrox, with the 31-year-old’s dominance at Easter Road doing his extension case the world of good, amid reports that the Scotland international is indeed to get another year on his time in Govan.
Rested for the cup quarter-final v Raith Rovers at Ibrox, his absence was rather keenly felt as Rangers’ midfield didn’t quite dominate in the same way as midfield, with John Lundstram’s sluggish performance a stark contrast to Jack’s powerful marshalling in the middle in Edinburgh.
The downside to Jack of course is the injuries, and while his performance v Lee Johnson’s side gained him a tonne of goodwill, there is still a huge caution about value for money in giving an extension to a player so frequently side-lined with knocks.
Nevertheless, it appears the club is ready to extend him – and in truth, there’s no player in Scotland, maybe even Britain, who can do what a fully-fit Jack does, and it’s just a tragedy how he’s never realised his full career potential due to his body breaking down on him so much.
Some fans have suggested pay as you play for a deal structure, and we wouldn’t be reticent to this in fairness – it would mean he would only cost the club when he actually should, given the amount of cash we’ve lost over the last few years on injury cases.
But that’s all for down the line. It appears Jack will get his extension in a move which would be very popular with most fans, until the next time he’s injured that is!
He is absolutely first-pick when in the kind of form he showed v Hibs, which was the best performance from him probably in over a year if not more, and showed what Rangers have when he hits the right notes.
John Lundstram, sadly is a bit off that pace for now, and has it all to do to catch up.
But these are the problems Rangers want to have. Long term, Jack, Raskin and Cantwell really would be a fantastic trio going forward.