Newly signed Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has revealed that he was heartbroken to have been stripped off the Aberdeen captaincy a week before the Scottish Cup final last month.
The 25-year-old Jack served as club captain of Aberdeen for the past two years, however after reports emerged that he was moving to Rangers, manager Derek Mclnnes opted to strip him off the captaincy .Aberdeen went on to lose the final to Celtic 2-1 and Jack joined Rangers just a few days later.
Jack said of his disappointment at being stripped of the Aberdeen captaincy, “Of course it was disappointing to lose the armband. To be captain of Aberdeen was an honour, it was something very special, because I’d been at Pittodrie since I was eight years old. I came right through the youth teams and made it to the first team, and I captained the side.
“To have that taken away from me a week before the Cup final was heartbreaking. Derek McInnes told me he felt I wasn’t in the right frame of mind because of all the stuff that was going on surrounding Rangers. He didn’t think my mind was right, and that I couldn’t possibly lead the team out. I obviously felt I could have.”
Rangers failed to challenge their Old Firm rivals Celtic’s domination in Scottish football this past season. However, he is likely to play a big role for the Gers next season and Pedro Caixinha aims to re-establish his team as a giant of Scottish football.