RYAN JACK could not hide his delight and excitement when he sat down with RangersTV in the home dressing room at Ibrox to discuss his big move to the Light Blues.
The former Aberdeen midfielder and captain has put pen to paper on a three-year deal and admits it was a “surreal moment” as he walked around the Bill Struth Main Stand and down the tunnel to the pitch with his family watching on proudly.
After weeks of speculation Jack is now a Ger and, at 25, he can’t wait to start a new chapter in his career in Glasgow having become Pedro Caixinha’s first Scottish signing following the arrival of Portuguese defender Bruno Alves yesterday.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, he said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to come to such a massive club and to have this opportunity.
“I’ve had a lot of experiences as a football player and to captain Aberdeen Football Club was a huge honour.
“I’m thankful to Aberdeen for that and to Derek McInnes but I just felt it was time for a fresh challenge and it’s one at Rangers that I’m really looking forward to.
From what I’ve heard the club are making a few signings and bringing in a good calibre of player, so it’s exciting times and I know there are really good players already here as well.
“I’m just overwhelmed at the minute but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I’ve just spoken with the manager briefly and he told me his plans and what he expects from the team and of me.
“I’m sure when I come back in for pre-season I’ll know a lot more about what’s happening and what’s to come.
“But obviously coming to a club like Rangers, it’s always exciting and the European football is a massive appeal. That’s something I’m looking forward to, a European night at Ibrox.
“I’m here, I want to enjoy it and I want to help the club be successful again.”
After making 38 appearances for Aberdeen in 2016/17, Jack will now get a couple of weeks off and he will also get married on June 9.
He explained: “It was a long season; we had the European qualifiers at the start so I think it was a 50-week season we had, training for 50 weeks and playing.
“But I’ve got a couple of weeks off now, I’m getting married on June 9 so I’ve got a lot to look forward to in the summer, knowing in the back of my mind that I’m coming back to a fresh challenge with Rangers with new teammates and a new manager.
“I’m going to be doing bits myself to keep myself ticking over so when I come back I’m in good condition.
“There are only a few weeks before you could potentially be playing a competitive match again so I’m just obviously trying to take it all in.
“It’s a surreal moment but I’m delighted to be here and it’s an honour to be part of this club.”
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