Chris Jack questions what Rangers recruitment team saw in summer flop Cyriel Dessers
Chris Jack was left baffled by the Rangers recruitment team’s decision to sign Cyriel Dessers from Cremonese this summer.
Speaking live on The Rangers Review YouTube channel (19 October), Jack was critical of Michael Beale and the Gers’ decision to bring the striker in after his poor start to life at Ibrox.
Jack noted that he will be offered a chance under new manager Philippe Clement, but struggled to see how Rangers would get value from the £4.3million man.
Jack said: “[The new signings] either have questions to answer or people have already made up their minds.
“You mentioned Dessers there, I just fail to see what Michael Beale and, no matter how many recruitment staff went in for that signing, I fail to see what they saw in Dessers to suggest he is going to be a man who is going to score you the goals, that’s going to win the league title.
“It just doesn’t look well. Clement mentioned that everyone gets a clean sheet. It doesn’t matter if you’re Belgian, if you’re Scottish, whether you’re 30 or 18 as he put it. They’re going to get a chance to impress.
“But a lot of these guys have a long, long way to go to convince the fans they have any part to play in a successful Rangers side. I don’t think we can write off everyone that came in over the summer, but I think it’s really hard to see where they’re going to get their value from.”
Praying for a turnaround
Dessers’ early spell in Glasgow has been memorable for all the wrong reasons. Beale gave him sufficient chances up top for the Gers, but the misfiring Dutchman had a big influence on the boss’ dismissal through his poor form.
However, the quality could still be somewhere inside the 28-year-old, while his three goals this season suggest that there is something for Clement to work with in training.
Between now and January, Clement will be dependent on the attacking options in the building and will need to maximise their potential if they want to catch up to Celtic. Dessers has been a flop so far this season, and Rangers’ scouting of the forward could prove well off the mark if his fortunes do not change.
Clement’s biggest challenge is to get the most from his misfiring attackers, but his reputation for exceptional man-management will encourage the Ibrox faithful that he could be the right man for the job.
All eyes will be on the Hibernian clash on Saturday (21 October). If Dessers starts, he must take the opportunity with a standout performance.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox chief has held a behind-the-scenes talk with Clement over another new appointment.