By Doug Ward

16th Sep, 2022 | 11:10am

Barry Ferguson has blasted Rangers’ recruitment in the summer after Giovanni van Bronckhorst refused to start any of his new signings against Napoli on Wednesday night.

In 2022, the Gers have sold Nathan Patterson, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey to make over £50million in player exits.

John Souttar, Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo, Malik Tilman, Ben Davies and Ridvan Yilmaz were brought in during the summer.

However, none of them started the 3-0 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League and out of all of them, Colak is the only one to impress Ferguson, who says the performances of Allan McGregor and Steven Davis at Ibrox this week show the standard of Ross Wilson’s recruitment.

“First, there has been a fairly spectacular failure to reinvest funds wisely, especially as the cash has rolled in over the last 12 months. But, also, that these two players are exceptional professionals and that, even at this stage in their careers, they remain worth their weight in gold,” Ferguson wrote on the Daily Record website.

“Put it this way, the argument over who should be the Rangers No.1 is now over after Greegsy’s heroics the other night. I don’t know if Gio will feel he was wrong to make a change at the start of the season because Jon McLaughlin is a very capable goalkeeper too. But there’s a big difference between being competent and solid and being a keeper who makes miracles happen.

“And we saw it again with our own eyes on Wednesday, as difficult as it was to believe. Meanwhile, in midfield, when tackles were flying and the team was pressing hell for leather, Davis strolled through it all adding calmness and composure. His intelligence, his angles and his short, clever passes, allowed Rangers to retain possession amid the blood and thunder.”

Ferguson added: “Only three of the seven new boys are worthy of pass marks at the moment. Antonio Colak has scored goals and showed a great attitude. Tom Lawrence added a bit of attacking quality before picking up an injury. And, up until the Celtic game, Malik Tillman looked the part too especially given that he’s still young and inexperienced.

“As for the rest? John Souttar has had personal and physical issues to deal with and I’m confident he’ll prove himself over time. But there was something like £10m spent on Rabbi Matondo, Ben Davies and Ridvan Yilmaz. And right now their combined contribution has been worth next to nothing.”


Ferguson isn’t the only one raging with our recruitment.

Rangers fans are up in arms over the work Ross Wilson has done at Ibrox with van Bronckhorst refusing to play any of his new signings on Wednesday night.

Of the 11 players who started, only two of them (John Lundstram and James Sands) had been signed by Wilson in his three years at the club.

It’s a damning stat that shows how badly he’s doing.

Colak is doing well but Alfredo Morelos looked as though he’s showing signs of getting back to his old self against Napoli so the Croatia international, who signed from PAOK in the summer, might see his game-time reduce soon.

Tillman seems to be a decent signing on a loan-to-buy deal but what on earth is going on with the other summer signings?

It cannot be a coincidence that so many of them are being hit by injuries or are lacking fitness.

Something is very wrong behind the scenes right now.

Both in the coaching department and in recruitment.

The buck stops with Wilson.

In other Rangers news, van Bronckhorst’s job is under threat and he could be sacked this weekend if he doesn’t do this against Dundee United.