By Doug Ward

1st Sep, 2021 | 11:10am

Guardian journalist takes swipe at Rangers as they fail to sell players

Guardian journalist Ewan Murray has pointed out that Rangers are yet to really turn a profit on any players since Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson arrived at Ibrox.

Despite Stewart Robertson saying last season that the Gers need to start selling one or two players every year to form a sustainable business model, all of the club’s key players stayed at Ibrox in the now-closed summer transfer window.

Celtic, on the other hand, oversaw yet more major sales this summer with Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer both moving to the Premier League for big sums of cash.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, Murray said: “Celtic from a ‘weak’ position have sold three players for £30-40m in two windows (and I’m aware of Edouard sell on %).

“Rangers haven’t sold a single player for meaningful money since Steven Gerrard or Ross Wilson arrived. Quite the contrast, however you interpret it.”

When a Gers fan said there’s no trophy for selling players, Murray hit back at the Scottish champions and said: “Not sure that’s a valid argument given St Johnstone won more trophies than Rangers did last season.”

Murray also referred to Robertson’s comments last year about the need to sell players.

Rangers reportedly rejected bids from Everton for Nathan Patterson this summer, leading to Murray to say: “It’s either deliberate – and that contradicts the MD – or they are valuing players too highly.

“It’s strange given financial context for the club to have sold nobody of consequence for so long.”

Strange approach

Other Rangers fans will end up giving us pelters for this but we’re really shocked that no one was sold this summer.

Ryan Kent, Glen Kamara, Borna Barisic and Alfredo Morelos are all players who could have fetched us a profit on what we paid for them and all of them were linked with moves away from Ibrox in the summer.

We won the league last season so that’s fair enough. But we need to avoid seeing the squad stagnate, which is what happened across Glasgow and that did play a role in us winning the title so easily last season.

Let’s be frank, there are better players out there than the ones we’ve got and with access to bigger funds, we should be able to sign them.

The club shouldn’t be happy sit twidle their thumbs and keep adding to an already bloated squad without significant outgoings.

Our midfield is absolutely packed while our centre-back options were also too heavy until Nikola Katic went on loan to Hajduk Split on deadline day.

In other Rangers news, confusion lingers over this 24-year-old’s future at Ibrox.