When Rangers splashed out £7 million on Ryan Kent over the summer, it felt like a significant piece of business.
Obviously, on a very basic level, signing a player of Kent’s quality is always going to go down well with the Ibrox faithful. After all the winger won the Scottish PFA’s Young Player of the Year last season, and won over the hearts and minds of pretty much anybody who watched him last term.
But much more than that, his arrival for such a sizeable fee seemed to prove that the Gers are back and ready to properly mix it with Celtic once again.
There have been years in the wilderness, and they have hurt, but now this great club is beginning to reach the peak of its powers again, and it’s spending the money to illustrate that point.
But that does not mean that the Gers can afford to throw the chequebook around willy-nilly.
And so supporters must be wary of reports that the Light Blues are keen on snapping up Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed, a player valued at £5 million, as per the Daily Record.
This has the potential to be a dreadful decision.
The 22-year-old, who currently plies his trade for Zamalek in his home country, has hit just three goals in 10 games so far this term at a rate of one strike every 250 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.
Contrast that to what we’re used to seeing at Ibrox, where Morelos has hit a goal every 82 minutes, as per Transfermarkt – there’s simply no comparison.
Of course, Mohamed is young, and he could come good, but at £5 million, that is a costly gamble to take if it goes wrong.
That fee, not insignificant in its own right, must be used more carefully to secure a player with proven quality, it’s as simple as that.