By Sam Stone

16th Sep, 2022 | 11:40am

Alan Rough: Rangers objective was never Champions League football

Alan Rough suggests summer recruitment at Rangers shows their objective was never to compete in the Champions League this season.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side currently sit bottom of their group after two defeats, with their most recent loss coming against Napoli at Ibrox.

Rough feels that the Gers’ transfer business shows that they were only planning to compete domestically in the 2022/23 season.

Talking on the PLZ Football Show [20:05,15 September], Rough said: “I don’t think the objective was to get into the Champions League, I think the recruitment was made for club level.

“They’re in the Champions League now and they should enjoy that and next year will see better players come in.

“This year he was just trying to fill places here and there with no ambition to get into the last 16 of the Champions League.”

Rough take

This opinion from Rough will certainly split opinion amongst the Ibrox faithful. The transfer window only had a matter of days left after the Gers knew they were competing in the Champions League.

Getting deals over the line in such a short space of time was always going to be a hard tough task for the club hierarchy. Where Rough may have a point is on what future transfer business may occur at Ibrox.

The Gers know they have Champions League money coming their way from their participation in this year’s competition and it’s absolutely crucial that it is fed back into Van Bronckhorst’s squad over the next two transfer windows.

Van Bronckhorst is not the problem for Rangers, with his side’s performance against Napoli displaying that his way of playing is still very much engrained and supported by his players.

Unfortunately, the red card and Napoli’s strength in depth were the deciding factors and bridging that difference in quality is a must for the Ibrox boardroom moving forward.

In other Rangers news, the club now had a record-breaking striker on trial at Ibrox and he’s gone on to make headlines in the United Kingdom.