Hugh MacDonald: There was expectation for Rangers to sign big name this summer
Glasgow Times journalist Hugh MacDonald believes Rangers should’ve signed a big name this summer after selling their most valuable assets.
Rangers failed to sign anyone on deadline day despite allowing Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey to secure big-money moves away from Ibrox during the window.
MacDonald feels that their lack of activity has left the squad looking very thin and suggested that there have been rumblings of discontent at Ibrox.
Talking on the PLZ Football Show (26:05), MacDonald said: “It was coming to a head on deadline day when they didn’t sign anyone.
“When you are in a position where the fans are seeing you sell two assets for decent sums, I think there’s an expectation for a big name to come in.
“There’s no competition at right back, there’s no out and out right winger and they certainly need another striker so they aren’t filled in every position.
“There’s been rumblings of discontent from the supporters and the board for some time.”
The majority of Rangers fans will completely understand why massive transfer fees aren’t dished out on players due to the financial state of the domestic game in Scotland.
However, more communication from the club hierarchy as to where the money from the summer departures has gone is all that fans are asking for.
It’s crucial that the fees that Rangers have received are invested back into the club in some way, whether that be into the first team, facilities or the academy. The Gers need to feel short or long-term benefits from developing Aribo and Bassey over the past couple of seasons.
In hindsight, Rangers should’ve looked to be slightly more proactive in the transfer window, and sign more up-and-coming players such as Ridvan Yilmaz, who has looked exciting on the rare occasions that he has put a Rangers shirt on.
The current group of players that Giovanni van Bronckhorst has at his disposal are clearly a talented bunch, the club hierarchy just need to be more open and honest about how the Gers are going to bridge the gap to Celtic and in the Champions League with a smart long-term plan.
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