BBC pundit reacts to Rangers transfer news with Todd Cantwell and Morgan Whittaker eyed
Kenny Miller believes that signing players from the Championship would usually not be something Michael Beale would do at Rangers.
However, due to them not being able to pay top salaries to players, they cannot compete with England’s top clubs.
This comes after the club has been linked with moves for Todd Cantwell and Morgan Whittaker in the January transfer window.
Writing for the Daily Record on 22 January, Miller, a BBC pundit wrote, “The Rangers boss is hoping to tie up deals for Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell and Morgan Whittaker from Swansea. And who can blame him? It’s a market he knows well, having returned to Ibrox from QPR not that long ago.
“There are players at certain Championship clubs who are nowhere near the first team – but are raking in huge salaries to sit on the bench. You wouldn’t believe some of the figures. The money is ridiculous down here. Effectively, the top teams down here can easily match what Rangers and Celtic can pay in the Scottish Premiership.
“So ordinarily, it would be a no-go area for Michael. But that’s when you have to be clever and creative. And it’s when your recruitment team really has to come into its own. Clubs like Rangers CAN get top players from England but only when the right situation presents itself.
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Beale knows best
Beale was in the Championship and before that at Aston Villa so he has a fair idea about the market and quality of players south of the border.
He left QPR for Rangers so there’s no denying that he’s aware the SPFL is at a higher level than England’s second tier.
If he thinks that Cantwell will be a good addition to his side, he perhaps will and it’s on Beale to get the best out of a player who appears to have declined recently.
Even with Whittaker, he might not be a name that gets most fans excited, but he’s a young player and will only get better as time passes.
Beale has shown that he can get the current crop of players to perform better than they were and he surely can do the same thing with his new signings.
Hopefully, the board backs him with at least three new signings this month if they have any hope of salvaging something from this season as Celtic appear to be running away with it.