FORMER Aberdeen defender, Alex McLeish has urged the Dons support not to boo Ryan Jack if he features in Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final.
The 58-year-old, who managed Rangers from 2001-2006 was supportive of Jack, who will leave Aberdeen after the Hampden showpiece brings the season to an end.
“I think they should lay off Ryan. He is a professional and he has shown his strength as a captain of Aberdeen.”
‘A lot of people like their own egos to be splashed across the papers but Ryan has shown he is a team player and he will give everything for Aberdeen in this game.”
As we revealed last week, Jack told Dons boss, Derek McInnes, that he would be leaving when his contract expires – with Ibrox being his preferred destination. However, despite the apparent switching of loyalties from Jack, McLeish is adamant he would be the right man to attempt to quell the juggernaut that is Celtic.
“Would I play him if I was manager? Definitely! I don’t believe Ryan’s mind will be straying elsewhere and I’m sure the majority of Aberdeen fans will get right behind him.”
“Of course, you will get the occasional one who says he shouldn’t be going to Rangers and will hate him for the rest of their life because of it. But the modern day footballer has to do what he can for his career. They have all the power now due to the Bosman ruling.
‘Ryan’s also not won many trophies, so he’ll be desperate to lift that cup.
‘If he can leave Aberdeen on the high of lifting the Scottish Cup then it’s a memory that will live with him forever.’