By Daniel Feliciano

21st Sep, 2022 | 1:10pm

A situation that has been simmering for over a year is finally coming to a head as Rangers fans begin to demand answers over a missing £40m for the club.

Rangers reached the UEFA Champions League group stages this season for the first time since 2010, a huge achievement for a club that has been through so much since then and climbed their way back to the top of the mountain.

Yet there seems to be plenty going wrong for the club off the pitch and fans are beginning to ask questions about what is going on with the money that is supposed to be sustaining us at the highest level.

Lets go back to May 2021. Steven Gerrard has just guided us to a 55th Scottish league title with a dominant season in the top flight, and we’re back to being the best club in the country.

In an interview on Sky Sports after the celebrations of the title win, he was adamant that Rangers shouldn’t settle for this and should kick on.

“We need to fix the roof while the sun is shining, we’re short in certain areas.

“I’ve had really interesting meetings with the board. They’re with me, they’ll back me and we’ll build on this success.”

The board seemed to back the idea and publicly made the claim that there would be a “quality over quantity” approach during the summer window and fans were excited about what was to follow.

Had they known the club wouldn’t spend a single penny, they wouldn’t have been.

John Lundstram and Fashion Sakala joined on free transfers from Sheffield United and KV Oostende respectively, before the club faced off against Malmo in their Champions League qualifier to make it to the group stages.

Gerrard didn’t have the strengthened squad he wanted and seemingly was promised, and Rangers crashed out of the competition after a 4-2 aggregate loss meaning all the money for the Champions League run that they’d been planning for had gone up in smoke.

That clearly didn’t wake the club up that quality needed to be added, as just one more signing arrived and it was Juninho Bacuna coming from Huddersfield on a free transfer.

There was no backing for Gerrard, no “quality over quantity” in the market and now no Champions League football. It’s no wonder Gerrard ended up at Aston Villa in November.

He spoke to Gary Neville on “The Overlap” and essentially confirmed the club went against their promises and that he had to compromise on his transfer targets because of it. That led to a lack of trust and eventually he went elsewhere.

But the club bounced back and after a stunning run in the Europa League under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, they were given a second chance.

Rangers signed seven players during the summer window, paying relatively minimal fees for all of Antonio Colak, Rabbi Matondo, Ben Davies and Ridvan Yilmaz while exploring the free agent transfer market once again.

A Champions League qualifier against PSV Eindhoven saw them claim a memorable victory and they were back in the big time. That big pot of money that had disappeared last time had finally arrived, and the club could be bolstered further before the window slammed shut.

Or so we thought. No more incoming signings, and the club had made a huge profit during the window after big money sales of Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo to Ajax and Southampton.

Now Mr. Robertson has done an interview with Rangers Review where he has said the club doesn’t have the money for big signings and says the talk of Champions League income is a “myth”.

So essentially the club relied on Champions League money for signings that then didn’t come, but then when they did receive the money they didn’t make the signings anyway because it wasn’t enough?

The board is hoarding cash and it’s stopping Rangers from becoming the force it’s supposed to be. It’s time the club answers the fans honestly and makes it clear what has been going on because it’s the bare minimum we deserve.

They’ve been caught in their lies and it’s about time they were called out on it.

In other Rangers news, a response to the “crisis club” claims show things aren’t as they’re made out to be