Aberdeen legend Willie Miller has been singing the praises of Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack – even saying he once rated him higher than Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser when they both played at Pittodrie.
Fraser, now standing out in the Premier League, was the subject of reported £30m transfer interest from London giants Arsenal in the summer.
Yet Miller truly believes that between Ryan Fraser, Scott McKenna and Ryan Jack, Jack was the one who was always destined for the big time.
“He’s a good boy and I also know his family well. I only wish he was still at Aberdeen.
“It was a massive disappointment to see him leave for Rangers in 2017 after his years of development at Pittodrie.
“But it’s the way of football now with the finances and bigger opportunities available.
“You add Jack to Ryan Fraser and Scott McKenna, that’s not a bad trio of talents to come out of the Aberdeen academy.
“Jack was one, though, I always felt at an early age was a sure thing to make it to the top in football. The other two had certain elements that were encouraging.
“But Jack was the only one who made me go into the boardroom and say: ‘We’ve definitely got a player there’.
“I told the directors if Jack didn’t become a top player then I don’t know much about football.’
It’s high praise indeed from the Aberdeen legend, and when you couple the fact that McKenna is being touted for £10m it makes you wonder about the value of Ryan Jack.
Jack’s last few performances have been nothing short of sensational, with his performance in the 6-1 demolition of Hibs standing out.
And yet, the midfielder still can’t even get into the Scotland team.