By George Overhill

13th Sep, 2022 | 7:40am

Kenny Miller accuses Rangers of £12million waste on Ben Davies, Rabbi Matondo and Ridvan Yilmaz

Kenny Miller has slammed the Rangers summer recruitment work and accused the club of wasting £12million on three players that are nowhere near the team.

Ben Davies, a permanent signing from Liverpool, has featured only three times and has been overtaken by James Sands in central defence despite the American being nominally a midfielder.

Winger Rabbi Matondo was signed from Schalke but aside from two assists in the 4-0 win over Ross County he has largely been restricted to substitute appearances, while former Besiktas defender Ridvan Yilmaz looked to be being phased straight in but disappeared after two appearances totalling fewer than 90 minutes until he played against lower-league Queen of the South.

Speaking on Clyde 1, as per Football Scotland, Miller said: “The recruitment side is getting a lot of scrutiny at the moment and there are reported figures of £12million that are not even anywhere near the team at the moment.

“Yilmaz, Davies and even Matondo, you throw those three players in – £4m, £6m and £2m if that’s accurate – they’re nowhere near the team at the moment.

“At the moment, there’s question marks over Davies – is he going to be the long-term partner for [Connor] Goldson and has he got the quality?

“Matondo we’ve seen in flashes but at the moment, he’s not going to be a starter. Yilmaz, we’ve barely seen any of him.

“You go on the other side, [Celtic] sign Carter-Vickers and Jota, and they’re the same players, so are they going to make Celtic better?

“Well they spent their money and they’ve spent that money really wisely.”

Rough start

The transfer window appeared fairly strong when a flurry of arrivals suddenly started arriving after a relatively slow start.

But amid a major sudden downturn in results following the two 4-0 defeats to Celtic and Ajax the outlook on the window has switched quite markedly.

It is probably not the complete failure that it currently feels like just as it wasn’t the roaring success that it might have felt like at the time.

Antonio Colak and probably Malik Tillman are the only summer signings who can be considered definite successes so far, with the rest flattering to deceive or only showing flashes.

It can’t be denied that although Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo have been sold the regular starting XI tends to only contain Colak and Tillman along with the majority that were already at Ibrox.

The defence feels like it is particularly concerning, and while John Souttar was expected to be big in the centre and his absence was unforeseen that doesn’t negate Miller’s point about money spent unwisely if Davies isn’t ready to step straight in.

That Yilmaz has apparently been entirely unable to overcome Borna Barisic on the left despite the Croatian being comfortably second best to Bassey for most of last season isn’t a great sign either.

Perhaps Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs to give the new crowd more opportunities to let them flourish, or perhaps the wrong people really have been brought in, but either way things are looking rosier over at Celtic right now and fingers of blame at being pointed towards Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, one key senior player at the club has been rinsed on social media after the recent embarrassments on the pitch.