By Sam Stone

11th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rangers sent warning over short-term transfer plans by former SPFL chief Roger Michell

Rangers have been urged to “be careful” in their future transfer activity by former SPFL chief Roger Mitchell after being placed on UEFA’s FFP watch list.

The Gers are one of 19 clubs that did comply with FFP, but only as a result of the COVID-19 measures or historical results, meaning they will be watched from now on.

Mitchell has urged Rangers to proceed with caution, particularly because their transfer business has been to satisfy immediate needs rather than thinking long term.

As quoted by Football Scotland (11 September), Mitchell said: “If Rangers believe that these rules have teeth then they’re going to need to be careful when it comes to recruitment, especially since their finances have always been hand-to-mouth in recent years.

“They’ve done incredibly well to get where they are but they’ll just have to watch it. Previously, it was down to the SFA to check their clubs’ finances but Celtic and Rangers are their biggest assets so the SFA were never going to refuse them European licenses.”

Be careful

It’s absolutely essential that Rangers are compliant with financial regulations, particularly after the troubles the club have had in the past.

A lot of Rangers’ transfer business has been to rectify the issues that they have on the pitch at the moment and not really with an eye to the future in mind.

Ridvan Yilmaz and Rabbi Matondo are two players that could well develop and become assets to the club but the likes of Tom Lawrence, Antonio Colak and Ben Davies won’t provide the club with much sell-on value.

The Old Firm do have to be innovative when it comes to competing with Europe’s biggest clubs on the European stage due to the lack of money they receive on the domestic front in Scotland.

Rangers should perhaps look to invest more into younger players in their academy in order to stave off any advances from UEFA over their current spending.

At the moment, the Gers will have to go forward with caution, particularly in the January window where the club could easily look to invest heavily to rectify their poor start to the season. Although, staying in UEFA’s good books is a must.

In other Rangers news, one major European manager sacking this week had a key game at Ibrox as part of the reason.