Surprise Rangers contract extension as Ryan Jack set to sign new deal

Surprise Rangers contract extension as Ryan Jack set to sign new deal
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 28: Ryan Jack of Rangers receives medical treatment, after being tackled by Nicky Clark of St Johnstone who receives a red card as a result, during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and St. Johnstone FC at Ibrox Stadium on January 28, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As Ibrox Noise reported some days ago, Rangers will indeed offer Ryan Jack a new deal, despite some fans’ misgivings about it, especially as it will apparently be a year extension and not a pay as you play contract.

The mistake of giving Ianis Hagi a new contract has far from been learned as the Romanian struggles still to regain full fitness, almost entirely a year and a half after the ACLI which ruled him out, following Rangers’ two-year extension to the ex-Genk man’s deal, and the board is about to do it again it seems as Jack will put pen to paper.

See, we love Ryan Jack – all Rangers fans love Ryan Jack – but the boy is a shadow of what he was and is perennially-injured and unable to deliver the level he could during 55 – the injury he sustained in February 2021 was, unfortunately, the end of the old Jacko.

He’s still a good player, but only about 40% of the old monster he once was, so this new deal, especially as he’s effectively out for the season, is very, very curious.

Is it another bad decision/misjudgement from Michael Beale? Well, no contracts get offered if the manager doesn’t want to keep the player, so it’s his decision. And we can only say it’s an odd one.

It’s not one we want to slaughter Beale for because we do all love Jack so much, but the club comes first and we don’t want to be handing out jobs for the boys just because they’re one of us.

Jack’s fitness is a massive problem, and he isn’t even a guaranteed first pick under this boss anyway, so we don’t really know that a standard year extension is a good idea or a good use of the club’s limited resources.

He is a strong personality, and his enthusiasm filters through the squad for sure, but on the pitch he’s a lot more limited – he plays as more of a traditional 8 these days, a box to box mid, much the same role as Scotty Arfield in truth, as opposed to the defensive titan he used to be at his Rangers peak.

But that’s not a position we’re exactly lacking talent in.

Waste of money? Maybe.

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