By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

9th Feb, 2023 | 7:10am

Rangers: 'Weird' Ross Wilson deal for Nicolas Raskin baffles pundit

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Tam McManus finds it “weird” how clubs take a whole month to sign players on deadline day after Rangers waited until 31 January to sign Nicolas Raskin.

The 21-year-old missed the Gers’ 3-0 win over Hearts on 1 February due to a delay in getting a work permit, which probably wouldn’t have been an issue had a deal been done earlier in January.

A lot of business was done up and down the UK on 30 and 31 January with Rangers snapping up Todd Cantwell a week earlier on 23 January before their move for Belgium Under-21 international Raskin.

Raskin has since made his debut for the Gers as a substitute at the weekend but McManus believes that fans would have rather a deal been done earlier in January to help the new midfielder settle down better at Ibrox.

“It’s weird because it’s amazing how many deals are done on the last day,” McManus told Ibrox News.

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You get a full month to get deals done and it’s amazing.

“It’s really a game of poker at times.

The clubs are holding out for it then you put your offer in and it all comes down to deadline day, where a bit of panic sets in about selling or buying players.

Rangers supporters would’ve been delighted if Raskin would have come in earlier and settled down but obviously he’s there now and he’ll be looking to get in the team.

All of a sudden, there’s competition for places at Rangers with him and Todd Cantwell coming in.

Rangers are stronger in depth and that can only be a good thing for the team and the manager.

If you look at the other side of the city, Celtic have got a really quality squad of 21 or 22 players who can play.

I don’t think Rangers are at that level yet but they’re getting there.”

In other Rangers news, the Ibrox bank is set for a cash boost after a document emerged on Wednesday.