New Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has admitted has has supported the Glasgow club since he was a child.

The ex-Aberdeen man also went on to say that former Ibrox star Paul Gascoigne was a ‘hero’ while the combative midfielder was growing up.

Jack, who captained the Dons to a second-placed finish in the Scottish Premier League last year, has angered large sections of his former club’s supporters for jumping ship to a side who finished lower in the league.

However, the 25-year-old is adamant he is man enough to deal with any criticism that comes his way – and that he simply couldn’t turn down the chance to join his boyhood club.

“It’s not a worry for me,” Jack told The Scottish Sun.

“When the fixtures get released it’s probably the first one I will look for because I am looking forward to it already.

“I will be going back to play Aberdeen and obviously I know what comes with that.

“Everybody looks forward to these games and whatever happens I am big enough to deal with it.”

The player also admitted he supported Rangers growing up – naming a very familiar face among his list of sporting heroes.

“I was a Rangers fan growing up, my mum’s side were all Rangers fans,” Jack said.

“I probably idolised the likes of Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard, but obviously Paul Gascoigne was a hero too.

“It’s a huge honour for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Jack was the second man through the door at Ibrox this summer, closely following veteran Bruno Alves.

With Carlos Pena in Glasgow finalising a move as well, Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is wasting no time in bringing together a squad that can seriously challenge rivals Celtic for domestic honours next term.

Caixinha’s men failed to win any of the six Old Firm matches this term, a record the Portuguese boss knows will have to improve quickly.

Bringing in players of Jack’s undoubted quality will go a long way to doing that, though – and the 46-year-old manager was obviously very happy to bring in such a quality player.

“I’m very happy that Ryan is our first Scottish signing,” Caixinha said.

“I believe 25 is a great age for him to come here.

“He had three years as captain of Aberdeen and has that experience, and he understands what it means to represent Rangers.

“I think we have all the points together to get the best from Ryan and to get the best from all the players that are coming.”


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