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RYAN JACK IN ABERDEEN EXIT

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RYAN JACK will bring the curtain down on his time at Aberdeen after next Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Celtic at Hampden.

The Aberdeen captain appears to be heading for the Pittodrie exit door after Derek McInnes admitted his skipper won’t be at the club next year.

Speaking ahead of his side’s final league fixture at Firhill versus Partick Thistle, McInnes admitted that his fears had been realised about Jack.

“There has been a lot of speculation. What Ryan has told me over the last couple of days is that it is his intention to move on.”

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Jack joined Aberdeen in 2008 and made his debut against Rangers in September 2010. He made 244 appearances for the Dons, scoring 11 goals and was part of the side that won the 2013-14 Scottish League Cup. McInnes will be frustrated to lose one of his longest serving players; however, Jack has been outperformed by Shinnie and Kenny McLean, who’ve operated in the central berths in the team in recent times.

“It is disappointing but I don’t think any of us are surprised because it has gone on this long. It is disappointing that it has dragged on.

“We have been waiting for an answer from Ryan to find out his future. Wherever his future lies next season it is certainly not going to be with us,” McInnes said.

This news will alert under-fire Rangers manager, Pedro Caixinha, who previously spoke of his admiration for the midfielder and this could prompt a deal due to the absence of a transfer fee being required for the cash-strapped Govan side.

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Chris Sutton said on BT Sport ahead of the Dundee United – Falkirk game that Jack would be off to Rangers and that Caixinha would hold talks with the player after the Scottish Cup Final, which he is still a doubt for.

Jack is likely to have more financially fruitful opportunities south of the border in the Championship which is the destination of Niall McGinn who has previously informed McInnes of his intention to quit the Dons and try his luck down south.

Aberdeen are lining up Shaun Maloney from Hull City as his replacement.

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