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Pedro Caixinha deserves rare Rangers credit amid Ryan Jack contract extension

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Pedro Caixinha deserves rare Rangers credit amid Ryan Jack contract extension

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has turned the midfielder into an Ibrox favourite.

Ryan Jack has been handed a new contract by Rangers. The Glasgow club have handed the Scotland international a new deal which will keep him at Ibrox until 2023. 

Under the guidance of Steven Gerrard, the 27-year-old has become a crucial player for Rangers and the Ibrox faithful have truly grown to love the former Aberdeen star. 

But of course, it was not Gerrard who signed him. 

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Reel off a list of Pedro Caixinha signings and not many will have Rangers fans smiling. Dalcio, Eduardo Herrera, Carlos Pena? All duds. 

But he certainly had some hits as well and Jack was one of them. 

 

You could argue, given that Jack was on fire at Rangers close rivals and out of contract, that he might have ended up at Ibrox regardless of who was in charge.

However, Caixinha was personally involved in the signature of Jack. As reported by The Scotsman, the Portuguese boss admitted scouting Jack and earmarking him as what Rangers desperately needed in the heart of midfield. 


“I scout and assess a lot of Scots players, at least those who play more against us. He is one player that because of his age, his quality and what he has done in the last two seasons, I like.

“He’s a good player. Young and Scottish. I like his consistency, although he missed a few games recently. I like his leadership as captain at a young age.

“I like the way he sees the games and gives the out ball in the build-up. He gives a balance to the team when it’s attacking. There are some points for him to divide a game and get involved in offence. So that’s what I like about him.”


Caixinha, on the whole, was something of a disaster at Rangers and most of the recruits that arrived during his tenure are now gone. 

However, in Jack and striker Alfredo Morelos the Glasgow side have arguably two of their best players. 

Whilst plenty of credit has to go to the work behind the scenes, the unpopular Portuguese boss can undoubtedly consider Jack one of his rare Rangers success stories. 

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