This transfer window has been home of a very strange dichotomy as far as Rangers are concerned. On the one hand, we have seen eight players sweep through the front door with near clinical efficiency and with only 24 days on the transfer clock. On the other, there have been two increasingly long-running sagas while another one appears to have joined them in the past 24 hours.
As all fans will know, Rangers are involved in arduous negotiations over Norwich City’s Graham Dorrans. The bid made by the Ibrox men has been regarded as insufficient for the Canaries to accept, with reports Rangers’ submitted fee has topped out at £1.2M while the Championship side want well over two times that.
Meanwhile Pedro Caixinha is experiencing very similar resistance from Hearts, with his £650,000 bid for winger Jamie Walker rejected in lights of reports Hearts want at least seven figures.
And added into the mix was, until last night, the tentative link with Aberdeen’s Kenny McLean – only for interest in the 25-year old to ramp up with the news Rangers are said to have submitted a bid, while the Dons reportedly want similar for McLean that Hearts want for their man.
Rangers fans have quietly wondered if there might be too many ‘foreigners’ on the books now, and while Ibrox Noise is on record as not caring for where a player is born as long as he does the job, we do admit it just ‘feels better’ not to have a team that is completely from other countries, as long as it is good.
And on that front, the three Scots, Dorrans, Walker and McLean, at least two of whom are definitely Rangers fans, would be welcome additions to the Rangers squad, fully understanding the SPL, and what the club means.
But the question is whether the Dorrans and Walker deals are dead in the water on a permanent basis – and whether McLean has been pursued as an alternative for Dorrans or on top of him.
It is possible all three could be on their way to Ibrox, but time will tell how this intriguing little saga plays out.