Steven Gerrard has claimed in Friday’s press conference – as posted on Rangers’ official youtube channel – that midfielder Ryan Jack is not for sale, as the Scotland international continues to shine for the Gers.
Jack, 27, has shone for Rangers this season, during his 18 league and cup appearances. The former Aberdeen midfielder is not renowned for his goals from deep, but is quickly becoming one of Rangers’ most important players – even without scoring.
However, on Wednesday night, Jack curled in two excellent goals against Ross County as Rangers eased to a 4-0 win over the newly-promoted Scottish Premiership side. Alfredo Morelos also nabbed two, taking his tally to 18.
Gerrard was asked about any potential interest in Scotland international Jack given his stunning form this season, and Gerrard responded sharply by stating Jack is not for sale – at any price – after signing a new deal in October.
“Ryan is bringing the best out of himself, he is the one that deserves the credit,” Gerrard said. “He is a leader, he is smiling and enjoying his football. I’m not interested in Ryan’s value, he’s not going anywhere.”
TBR’s view – What price would tempt Rangers into Ryan Jack sale?
It is difficult to interpret. Moussa Dembele left Celtic for £19.7million while Morelos has been likened to the Frenchman’s price tag, if the Colombian does eventually leave Ibrox. St. Etienne are reportedly keen.
But strikers have the highest value, more so than midfielders. Stuart Armstrong left Celtic to join Southampton in 2018 for £7million (BBC Sport), but that was after a difficult 2017-18 season – in contract to his stunning 2016-17 campaign.
It would be interesting to see Rangers’ reaction to a £10million bid, if clubs do become interested.