Hot on the heels of James Tavernier’s bumper new contract is today’s continuation of the theme with Josh Windass committing himself till 2021.
With a glut of clubs sniffing around both players last summer and January past, it is evident Rangers chiefs can see they have assets on their hands and were keen to increase their value.
We have to praise both players too – Tavernier and Windass have committed themselves to our club long term, and while we are sure they are being handsomely rewarded for that, the fact both have signed such deals shows they are both committed to the club, and happy to help the club get lavish transfer fees for them in the event of sale.
Coming immediately after Rangers rejected a fourth bid from Renhe for Alfredo Morelos weighing in at £9M, from a squad once filled with Emilson Cribari, Rob Kiernan and Joe Garner, Rangers suddenly have at least three significant assets with huge value on their heads.
We know James Tavernier will fetch at least £5M now, likely considerably more, and Windass has had the vultures around him as well, with a reported escape clause in his old contract of £3.5M. The lad from Hull is evidently worth far more now, and if we add Morelos’ current minimal value of £10M we are essentially looking at at least £20M for the three of them.
This is forward thinking, and is the first time we have felt in a long while that the club has a strategy with regards the players. Whatever happened with Danny Wilson was based around player value, and it was evidently decided his value would not grow hence no deal was offered.
Only players who have potential growth and worth to the club on both a football and financial level are being targeted and we cannot really complain about that too much.
There is no coincidence we tied down promising young Ross McCrorie to a new deal and have set in motion discussions to get David Bates similarly committed.
It has been a long time since the club had valuable assets on its hands, but Windass, Tavernier and Morelos are just three that the club currently have, and we know there are many more.
It is the right direction.