Rangers face major contract dilemma with once key first-teamer
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Rangers face major contract dilemma with once key first-teamer

When Rangers fans were discussing uneasy contract situations heading into the 22/23 season, it’s telling the club’s supporters rarely involved Ryan Jack in the discussion.

The Scotland international, 30, is now in the final year of his deal and despite being a once key member of the first team squad there is little hunger to see the midfielder’s contract renewed as things stand.

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The situation surrounding the likes of Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos – sellable assets if their current deals were extended beyond next summer – have understandably dominated discussions.

But as this season kicks into life there are major questions surrounding the future of Ryan Jack who – amid several frustrating injuries – looks a shadow of the player who was once one of the first names on the club’s teamsheet.

Against Union Saint Gilloise in that Champions League qualifying opener Ryan Jack looked so far away from the midfielder who once dominated the middle of the park in the blue of Rangers.

Since then, the Scotland star has started matches against St Johnstone (4-0) and Hibs (2-2) and there have been grumbles that Rangers aren’t getting the same from him as they have in the past.

In the club’s last match against Ajax, Ryan Jack surrendered the ball to Steven Bergwijn with a hopeless back pass that rounded off the scoring in a 4-0 hammering.

In fairness to Jacko, he fronted the cameras after the match and took responsibility.

Once a fan favourite, perhaps the fact the midfielder is still propping up the squad despite a long history of injury problems is an example of the endemic issues plaguing the side this season.

Ryan Jack one of a number of Rangers stars out of contract

Rangers are already five points behind in the title race whilst there is growing disgruntlement with the incumbent regime for failing to invest in the squad after Champions League qualification.

However alongside Ryan Jack, the likes of Filip Helander, Ianis Hagi and Kemar Roofe have all suffered from long-term injury problems and who bulk out the wage budget.

They have been joined by Alex Lowry, John Souttar, Tom Lawrence and Ben Davies, albeit the latter returning to the bench in the Netherlands.

There’s a feeling that Rangers need a refresh and the squad has stagnated too long, unfortunately for the likes of Ryan Jack, this may mean he leaves the club when his current deal ends next year.

Jack isn’t the only player whose contract is up next summer either; the midfielder is joined by Kent, Morelos, Filip Helander, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Allan McGregor and Robby McCrorie [Transfermarkt].

Rangers have also been sending a series of tributes after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the club remembers her 70-year reign.