This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Pedro Caixinha may not be remembered at Rangers too fondly for some rather obvious reasons, however he may have done Steven Gerrard a favour with some of his transfer business during his short tenure at Ibrox.
The Portuguese manager, who recently left Mexican outfit Cruz Azul, may have been the man to bring Alfredo Morelos to the club – a player who will likely go down as a legend for the Gers as he continues to find the back of the net for them on a regular basis (59 in 104 appearances and counting) – but, he did also manage to give the Light Blues Ryan Jack.
The former Aberdeen captain joined Rangers on a free transfer in the summer of 2017 and appears to have gone from strength-to-strength and has arguably become the midfield general and leader the Gers have lacked in previous years.
At 27-years-old, the Scotland international has been an instrumental figure for Gerrard ever since he took over the reins at Ibrox, with the midfielder making 57 appearances for him over the last year or so whilst it would not be an unreasonable suggestion that he could have made even more if he were not too struggle with injury concerns (Transfermarkt).
That is rather exceptional considering the options available to Rangers in the middle of the park, with the likes of Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara and, previously Lassana Coulibaly all viable alternatives.
Indeed, Gerrard has sung Jack’s praises on a number of different occasions as well and went on record as saying he was “jealous” of the way his midfielder operated against NK Osijek in a Europa League tie last season.
Transfermarkt’s valuations (although they can be rather debatable at times) appear to have the Scotland international on an upward trajectory in terms of value, as they have him worth £1.35m at the moment, which is the highest it has ever been.
Rangers may not have too much to thank Caixinha for, however the swoop to land the 27-year-old has certainly paid dividends and, perhaps, helped Rangers finally acquire someone who can lead them from the middle of the pitch.
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