By Sam Stone

19th Nov, 2022 | 4:10pm

Pundit makes Rangers transfer prediction as Celtic pile pressure on Ibrox board

Tam McManus believes Ross Wilson and the recruitment team at Rangers will “scour Europe” in their attempts to bring more quality to the club.

Last summer’s transfer window has turned out to be a disappointment for the Gers with a number of their summer additions failing to hit expectations.

McManus feels the jury is out on Wilson, with Celtic’s good recent transfer window piling the pressure onto the Rangers’ board.

“I think when you look at Ross when he initially came in the recruitment was spot on with Steven Gerrard,” said McManus (PLZ Soccer, 36:59, 18 November).

“But when you look at the summer window, it’s not been good with players going out the door and players coming in to replace them, they’ve not been good enough.

“I think the jury’s out a little bit on Ross now because I think he was successful at the start but at Rangers, you cannot afford to have a bad window or a bad couple of windows.

“Celtic have had a really positive couple of windows puts even more pressure on Rangers. I think Ross and the recruitment network at Rangers will scour Europe and try to bring in better quality.”

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There’s absolutely no doubting the next two transfer windows are vital for the Gers. Wilson and the board cannot afford to fail, with a number of the Light Blues’ longer-serving players out of contract. Furthermore, there’s a chance there could be money available to spend after the sales of Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo, coupled with Rangers competing in the Champions League.

Wilson failed in the summer of 2022, there’s no denying that. However, there have been success stories in the past which can provide some sort of hope for the Ibrox faithful moving forward. Potentially looking at younger players who can be developed and turn into assets for the Gers is a route to go down.

Another question is whether Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the right man to lead the club into what could be a crucial period moving forward. Rangers need to invest to keep pace with Celtic, and there could well be a reluctance to offer the Dutchman free reign in the upcoming windows after previous failures.

In other Rangers news, the latest Ibrox conspiracy theory drummed up by Celtic fans is ridiculed by Gordon Parks.