By George Overhill

17th Nov, 2022 | 5:40pm

Colak head and shoulders clear, Yilmaz flops - Rangers transfer ratings so far at World Cup break

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers job is hanging by a thread as the season has quickly turned from a positive start into a crisis before December.

As performances have worsened domestically, to go alongside those in Europe that have been awful ever since Champions League qualification was secured, focus has returned to the work done in the transfer market during the summer.

The squad looks inadequate currently, and has been further weakened by an extensive injury crisis, but a lot of money has come into Rangers over the past year with a growing suspicion that they don’t have much to show for it, and there are now expectations that it will be made available to stop the rot and spend in January.

Here, Ibrox News rates the Light Blues’ transfer business as the team enters a month out of action for the World Cup in Qatar.

Antonio Colak – £1.8million from PAOK (The Athletic) – 9

More or less holding the fort for the Rangers transfer window on his own so far this season, the Croatian international has been largely excellent and was very unlucky to miss out on a place at the World Cup.

Has helped make the ongoing fun and games with Alfredo Morelos, and the continued absence of Kemar Roofe, a concern rather than an all-out catastrophe with his 14 goals and a pair of assists having hit the ground running.

Top of the SPFL scorers charts and provided the goals that got the Gers back into the Champions League with three in the qualifying rounds, although he was unable to do a great deal in the group stage much like the rest of the team.

Couldn’t have done much more in his first few months with the club, considering the increasingly difficult circumstances.

John Souttar – Free from Hearts – 2

His long-awaited move was supposed to sure up a defence that had conceded a number of sloppy goals to derail last season’s title defence, after Rangers were unable to bring his move forward in the January window, but has endured a nightmare time since arriving at Ibrox.

Has played once for the Bears before undergoing ankle surgery for a problem that had affected him at Tynecastle and has been absent ever since.

Assuming he can return to fitness and contribute he should prove to be a very useful signing, but through no real fault of his own his move has been anything but a success so far, and the related decision to let Leon Balogun leave has come back to bite the club badly.

Tom Lawrence – Free from Derby – 5

Another whose move has been wrecked by injury, with the Welshman not seen since the win over Ross County at the end of August.

Managed to contribute a fair amount in the time he was fit, suggesting he will be a very useful part of the squad when he is eventually available, scoring three and assisting two more in just nine appearances in all competitions.

Has left a big hole, to go along with many others among the major injury issues, and much like Souttar is a potentially excellent free transfer capture that has been anything but for the majority of the season.

Malik Tillman – Loan from Bayern Munich – 7

Has started to get stick from some fans for a perceived lack of effort as the season has fallen apart in recent weeks, but overall has been a useful player.

Has popped up with some big contributions in attack, scoring four and assisting three in all competitions, and has at least been heavily involved in the campaign with 23 total appearances, which is more than can be said for a number of other arrivals.

Hasn’t thrived since the wheels came off but it is easy to forget he is only 20, so in the circumstances he has to be considered a net positive.

Rabbi Matondo – £2.5million from Schalke (The Athletic) – 5

Another young player, at 22, who could prove to be effective in time, and has at least contributed four assists in his 18 appearances, but has been in and out of the side and hasn’t really made the right wing position his own at a time when the door is wide open for him to stake a claim.

Considering how little was ultimately spent in the window, despite significant income, he hasn’t really proven to be value for money so far with Kent, Fashion Sakala and Scott Wright all still largely preferred by the manager in wide areas.

Ridvan Yilmaz – £3.4million from Besiktas (Sky Sport)3

A very disappointing return so far in light of the money spent. That he has failed to unseat the perennially inconsistent Borna Barisic, and there are continued suggestions that he could be headed back to Turkey already, tells its own story, although like others his age should perhaps be taken into account.

Has made seven total appearances, but seen less than 90 minutes in the SPFL, with van Bronckhorst giving him a few early substitute outings before appearing to lose faith, whereby the 21-year-old disappeared to the bench for a long period.

Has only been trusted for the League Cup and one appearance in the doomed Champions League group, and has now picked up a hamstring problem to join the huge list of injury absentees.

Ben Davies – £4million from Liverpool (Sky Sports)5

Quite possibly wouldn’t have been signed at all if it were not for Souttar’s extended absence, but having cost the biggest fee of the window he should be standing tall in the defence with the Scotland international unavailable and Connor Goldson also injured.

Instead he seems to be behind teenage Leon King and part-time midfield loanee James Sands in the rotation, while apparently not being fit enough to start every game.

Has arrived into a difficult situation admittedly, but at 27 he should be the senior man of those left standing, so the return on investment is definitely not what would have been hoped for, and how far that £4million would be from the Rangers team if Goldson, Souttar, and Filip Helander are all fit suggests the money could have been better spent elsewhere.

In other Rangers news, a £55million windfall means the club can now make big moves in January.